3 Mar 2012

Rock sculpture series to be unveiled at Pasifika Festival after five years in making

8:26 am on 3 March 2012

A rock sculpture series five years in the making has just been completed with the help of emerging Pacific artists from fields as wide ranging as weaving, graffiti art and graphic design.

Four large stone carvings have been created to represent the 10 nations that make up the Pasifika Festival.

Master carvers have been tutoring emerging artists at the South Auckland University of Technology campus to carve 12 anchor stones to sit at the feet of the four pillars.

The event producer for the Pasifika Festival, Ole Maiava, says the whole point of the project was to share stories and to get conversations going between the different generations.

"It's done a lot of really good things over the last 5 years, we've created a whole lot of new rock carvers. we've inspired people to talk about heritage arts, about myths and mythology, legend within the different nations and also getting the old people to actually tell the stories to the young."

Ole Maiava.

The 12 anchor stones will be revealed and on display at this year's Pasifika Festival from the 9th to the 12th of March.