Artist Joseph Michael is best known for his full-scale 360° projection of an iceberg onto the Auckland War Museum in 2017.
As the current AUT Artist in Residence he has turned his attention to the Waipoua forest, where ancient trees are at risk from Kauri die-back.
Working alongside AUT Associate Professor Barbara Bollard, who is studying the trees from a scientific perspective, he's aiming create the first ever, life-size, digital reconstruction of Tāne Mahuta, New Zealand's largest known living kauri tree.
He will present Hōpara, a new work stemming from the project, at new Auckland light festival Tūrama which runs between 26-28th of July.
The free festival will see artists, including Michael, present light installations, stories told through projection, interactive sculptures and performances in Albert Park.
Joseph Michael will also be giving a public lecture at AUT on August 6th, details here.
Joseph Michael - When art and science collide