Hanging by a Threat

Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens 2017-2018 


Threats to the survival of different plant species are on-going, whether from human activity or natural problems like the Myrtle Rust currently endangering our native Mānuka, Kānuka and Pōhutukawa among other plants. 

Inspired by a Māori Pākē, traditionally woven to channel away water and shelter the wearer from the elements, Hanging by a Threat offers symbolic protection to the Pōhutukawa tree it hangs in, while drawing attention to the approximately 320 other threatened New Zealand native plant species.