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Maori Legends carved in light

Posted by rod - 16.10.2012

Mataatua Wharenui - New Zealand's most travelled Māori meeting houseMataatua Wharenui - New Zealand's most travelled Māori meeting houseMataatua Wharenui - New Zealand's most travelled Māori meeting houseMataatua Wharenui - New Zealand's most travelled Māori meeting houseMataatua Wharenui - New Zealand's most travelled Māori meeting houseMataatua Wharenui - New Zealand's most travelled Māori meeting house

Discover New Zealand’s Maori Legends that come alive through Click suite’s fantastic light installation. After more than 130 years away, Mataatua Wharenui – New Zealand‘s most travelled Māori meeting house – has been returned to the Ngāti Awa tribe.

“We wanted something that brought the carvings and the stories they represent to life without overpowering them. Click Suite went over and above our expectations, achieving a great mix of old and new, while enhancing people’s understanding of this unique wharenui. Jeremy Gardiner, CEO, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa

When visitors enter the meeting house they are treated to stories about Maori legends – yet done a way they have never experienced before – thanks to the melding of ancient carvings and modern technology. We created “Hiko” (legends in light) – digital carvings which bring alive the stories contained in the house – whilst still being deeply respectful of the space itself. To do that we used video mapping technology to trace part of the interior of the grand Wharenui, onto which we projected imagery and animation.

As part of the experience visitors watch a unique show unfold with light, animation and shadow puppets. These techniques work in unison to highlight the mastery of the carvings, illustrating Ngāti Awa legends and transfixing the visitor in a soundscape of traditional instruments, effects and a master story-teller. The Digital Carvings are a complementary enhancement to the main attraction, which is the Whare itself. We think that the result speaks for itself in the words of the many visitors to Mataatua…”

 

 

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