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BLUE WIHAAN Raewyn Turner 2013
Wihaan Strelizia Grandus
I was one of the artists asked to decorate Wihaan Strelizia Grandus. I chose blue and set about discovering how I would present this work.
Since my excursion in early spring to look at horticulture and rivers in Hawkes Bay I’ve been reflecting on farms, food production and the seeds business in NZ. I imagined the Wihaan as high profile, strategic showcase temple for NZ’s agri-tech to promote industrialisation of agriculture, protected by the food safety bill. The bill isn’t aimed at potential health risks from GMO’s, pesticides, nanoparticles or value-added foods such as exquisitely perfumed maize .
The maize had perfume embedded in it and the fragrances of cinnamon and vanilla were released by running your hands through the maize. I illuminated the work with light-sensitive blue led lights and glow-in -the-dark paint.
I used batteries and the electronics from solar powered garden lights, placing the flat batteries against the outside walls of the house and changing the white led lights to blue. I re-wired the led lamps around the outside of the house and buried the electronics under a mountain of corn inside the house. The corn was painted with phosphorescent material and placed glow-in the dark animals to keep watch above the front and side portals. The 'safety fence' was created from hand-twisted wire with safety pins and bamboo to create the Wihaan Strelizia Grandus as a compound, or fortified enclosure, annexed by corporate industry interests.
A week after installation in the park I found that the perfumed corn had been taken away and the safety fence had been destroyed. Only the electronics and the glow in the dark animals hadn't been touched.
In January 2014 a critical discussion of the purpose and intention of the Wihann was aired in Eyecontact by Daniel Michael Satele 2 January, 20 2014. questioning Laird's and Singh's linguistic treatment of Wihaan
Many thanks to Brian Harris and Chris Davison for help with electronics!