Artist Elizabeth Thomson's work is intriguing and mysterious. Her unique style was borne from an encounter she had while blasting a bronze statue with glass beads and while rolling them around in her hand she noticed how colour and light was captured in the tiny spheres.
Years later while studying plant leaves under the microscope she saw the likeness of the cells to glass and tied the two together. Thomson's abstract, cellular style has been converted into a piece related to her experience living in Wellington. Named mon voyage sauvage, the artwork will be part of a series of works up for auction to help raise $30 million for Wellington's Town Hall national music centre.