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Salt Meadow

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This piece was one of 25 selected finalists for the Estuary Artworks 2013 exhibition. Selected and judged by independent curator Rob Garrett the exhibition was held at the Uxbridge Centre for the Arts and laterly the Fo Guan Shan Buddhist temple.

The purpose of the exhibition was to raise awareness of the pollution and degradation of Auckland's Tamaki Estuary.

Salt Meadow consists of 225 Origami fortune tellers, wood and paint.

Amongst the borders of the Tamaki Estuary are beautiful but declining Salt Meadows. These contain brackish water plants such as the white flowering “Sea Primrose”, Samolus repens.

The vegetation in the Salt Meadows creates an important habitat for endangered and secretive coastal fringe birds, providing roosts for the birds at high tide and potential nesting sites. Salt Meadows also help to build up solid ground in estuaries, aiding the maintenance of the banks of tidal rivers and reducing erosion.

Human pollution running from land into these Salt Meadows directly affects their ability to survive.

These hundreds of white origami fortune tellers represent the white flowers of the Sea Primrose and the unwritten fortune of the Estuary Salt Meadows. The grey fortune tellers show the recent decay to estuarine life, in a Braille pattern which spells the word “Where”, taken from the folk song “Where have all the flowers gone?”

See Rob Garrett's comments on the three prize winning artworks for more detail on the exhibition and why the judge chose these works as outstanding.

This piece is available for sale, please enquire here.

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