E. Mervyn Taylor
Reproduced mural of First Kumera Planting / Kia Kitea Te Waewae Tangata (1962)
On Tuesday 19th September we celebrated a very special occasion with our students, honoured guests and TLC staff; the unveiling of a reproduced mural ‘First Kumera Planting / Kia Kitea Te Waewae Tangata (1962)’ by acclaimed NZ artist E. Mervyn Taylor.
When Te Papa conservators assessed the original artwork as unable to be recovered, we set the goal to create a reproduction of the mural to be installed in its original location, so that the memory of this work may continue to be held by all who visit our campus and this was unveiled by E. Mervyn Taylor’s grandchildren Sarah Taylor and Nicholas Taylor, and great grandson Otto.
Our staff exhibition Groundworks that was held last year as a fundraiser towards the cost of the reproduction. We would like to acknowledge the work completed by Sarah Graham to support this, and all of our staff who took part in the show.
Our Te Ao Māori Development Roopu are also pleased to be supporting this event. This is a very special occasion that honours the artwork of E. Mervyn Taylor and recognises the special history of our campus, and our sense of space and place as TLC.
If you would like to learn more about the mural, below are some excellent references
that we’d highly recommend checking out:
Selected works of E. Mervyn Taylor will be available to view in our Gallery at The Learning Connexion until Thursday 28th September.
Image 2: Deputy Mayor Tui Lewis, Dr. Bronwyn Holloway-Smith & Sarah Taylor
Image 3: A karakia was led by Cameron Kapua-Morrella
Image 4: Sarah Taylor
Image 5: TLC Founder Jonathan Milne
Selected works of E. Mervyn Taylor's are on display in the TLC Gallery
19 - 28 September
Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 2pm