union of heaven, earth, human
LUNA communicates within the Oteha Valley, relating a quietness and steadiness, in dialogue with the earth, the waters, the tall trees of the forest as well as the people of the surrounding buildings and structures.
Observing the natural dynamics of the valley context was central in the process of conceiving this work. The site of the Albany Busway Carpark is integrally connected to the Lucas Creek, sloping down toward it and carrying an abundance of surface waters to it. The potency of this gradual dance of earth and water drew me to work with the slow and subtle forces of this landscape.
The precise choice of location for LUNA was strongly influenced by the identification of an underground stream. The naturally occurring, vertically rising electro magnetic field (telluric energy) from the stream resonates through the natural limestone stone material of the tower. In this way, LUNA is accurately positioned to promote balance in the area, and to transmit positive energy.
There is an invitation to imagine yourself entering the stone tower through Luna’s dark, narrow window. This mysterious possibility invokes the interplay of opposites; inside and outside, or darkness and light. Like all living things, Luna is alive with this dance of contrast.
The `flower of life’ pattern carved into Luna’s side is an ancient geometric symbol that describes the structures of the universe. Within the symbol are patterns and codes known in science, architecture and art. Its presence within Luna conveys a story of our collective past, and a blueprint for our future - living in harmony, upholding the sacredness of all life.
Client: Auckland Transport
Project Team: Caroline Robinson of Cabal
Scottish Stone Walls Ltd, GHD, WEC, Katsura, ITS, Contrax Ltd
8m high x 5m wide at base
limestone and black granite
Photos: Simon Devitt, Laura Forest Photography, Trish Waugh