11,000-piece artwork set to welcome visitors to Te Pae Christchurch

Lonnie Hutchinson

A major new artwork by artist Lonnie Hutchinson, entitled Hana, will soon be installed in the foyer of Te Pae Christchurch, ahead of the Convention Centre’s planned opening in December.


With a combined weight of just over one tonne, Hana is made up of three koru-shaped, chandelier-like installations comprising 11,000 glass and acrylic beads. Each koru is made up of 109 individual strands, some up to four metres in length.


Hana, which means to illuminate or brighten, was inspired by the Ngāi Tahu creation story and the concept of Ahikā or keeping the home fires burning,” says artist Lonnie Hutchinson. “These illuminated yellow and red beads will combine to draw people into Te Pae Christchurch and help them feel welcome.”


Hana was designed in consultation with Matapopore to integrate into its specific foyer location in Te Pae. Volunteers from the Christchurch Art Gallery were enlisted to help thread the beads onto the wires during the assembly process at Christchurch’s Prometal Industries. Prometal director, John East, says the biggest challenge was ensuring the patterns aligned. “The team spent countless hours selecting the perfect spacers and used turnbuckles to ensure everything was even,” says East. “Hana will be just as visible to people walking along the city promenade as it is inside Te Pae, so it has to be spot on. It’s going to be pretty impressive.”


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November 23, 2021