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Cabal is my word for a way of working together. It is an wholistic space for collaboration with each other and the life streams we are part of. The Cabal ethos rests in the subtle arts of relatedness. For over 20 years, this philosophy has guided my approach to art, design and construction, within very diverse project teams, contexts and mediums.

This ‘deep collaboration’ is an art form of communication and interdependency as we sculpt, weave, design and construct processes for restorative built environments. I treat each creative project is an opportunity to explore with others, finding simple practical tools and processes that we can put into action to help realise our ideals for transformation and regeneration in our communities. Cabal

asks, “what is needed here?” “What are the optimum conditions for wholistic


Cabal is a call to the nourishment of love, life and the restoring of beauty.


a breath of our shared journey


When we shaped Wayfinder in 2001, we were amidst the turn of the century. New Lynn town centre (Auckland, NZ) was on the brink of significant change, and the new community centre was seen as an important step in the emerging urban redevelopment process.

As part of the design and construction of the new building, CABAL was tasked with creating an arts process to support members of the New Lynn community, in particular the people who utilised the existing community centre, to transition from the intimacy of the existing brick building, to the larger scale, modern glass and concrete building.

We set about creating a process that would embrace New Lynn’s history, diversity and passions. We wanted our work together to help build common ground for the people of New Lynn, and we wanted to have fun!

Many people were involved, around 300 in all. The process culminated in the installation of the Wayfinder sculpture, a 6.5 metre high steel and copper structure, sited at the entrance to the new New Lynn Community Centre.

Accompanying the sculpture, the Wayfinder Book recorded stories and dreams from people who had been involved.

The Wayfinder project became a vehicle for linking the old with the new in a living arts process. The creative work was inter-generational, and brought people of diverse cultural identities together, linking them to each other, and the land and physical environment of New Lynn.

Wayfinder grew to become our way of navigating this change together.



Client: Auckland Council (formerly Waitakere City Council)

Project Team: Caroline Robinson of Cabal, Architectus, Rewi Spraggon Te Kawerau ā Maki, Dave Haare, Ros Gardiner, Sally Liu, Stella Suailua Sagele, Sarah Foote, Enuake Sirikige, Neil Miller, Beth Serjeant, Springbank General Metalwork, Fraser Bruce and many others from the New Lynn Community

6.5m x 1.8m
mildsteel and copper

Photos: Simon Devitt