Graham - Artist
Graham Tipene’s artwork can be found across Tāmaki Makaurau, from the impressive concrete panels in the Waterview Tunnel and Albany’s stunning Tirohanga Whānui walking and cycling bridge, to the Central City Library and Te Ao Mārama (South Atrium) at Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira.
He’s currently working on the City Rail Link’s Te Waihorotiu Railway Station (Aotea) and transforming the city-end gateway to Myers Park, using art as a way to recognise Queen Street’s history as a wetland valley and to honour Horotiu, the kaitiaki (guardian) of Te Wai Horotiu stream.
“With most artwork, you stand in front of it. But I wanted to think differently with this one, so you prepare your senses to look, feel and listen,” Tipene explains. “It’s about whakarongo – listening – and trying to make an emotional connection. If you sing the right notes – the tune, the pitch – this artwork will sing back to you.” Read more