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The Steps Project at the head of Te Ika a Maui

The Steps project was a concept by local citizens to see the site refreshed with a community project that related to Piti-one Settlement history.

More than 100 residents have produced artwork which is now in place on the steps to the Petone foreshore.  Artist Christine Fagan has been working on the tiles and, as of today, the installation has been completed for everyone to enjoy.

The tiles are glazed and mounted in a design called Niho Taniwha  showcasing the gateway to Petone, and appropriately, are in the mouth of Te Ika a Maui. The jagged lines of the design are the teeth of a Taniwha and represent protection, guidance, strength as well as ferocity. They are symbols of adaptability in many cultures.

Through funding  from the Creative Communities Scheme a total of 3,200 tiles have been made and will be enjoyed by our community and visitors to Petone for years to come.

“The number of tiles reflects the community’s involvement and enthusiasm to be part of an art installation that will be appreciated for many generations,” says Deputy Mayor Tui Lewis.

“I’m thrilled to have been involved in seeing this project through from start to finish. I’m especially excited to see people enjoying the steps and experiencing art in our community.”

Hello Everyone . I've been missing for a while as I worked through hosting workshops, prepping, drying, firing and glazing over 3000 tiles for The Steps Project on Petone Esplanade. The community response has been fantastic. I hope to be installing the tiles soon so until then here is a taster of finished tiles made by groups and citizens of Hutt Valley. The Steps project funded by Hutt City Creative Communities Fund.

Posted by Christine Fagan on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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