What is Life

Raupo stems, linen thread

1500 x 1500 x 300mm


Raupo stems interconnected by a network of flax threads and installed on wires above the shore of Lake Wanaka for the Festival of Colour Pou Whenua Project.
The sculpture uses life’s universal organising principle known as tensegrity in its construction. None of the stems touch; they are held under compression by tension from the threads. It is in total dynamic balance and stress is distributed equally throughout the system. making it flexible and resilient – the same charecteristics found in sustainable societies.

Dedicated to John Pawsen
1956 – 2008