13 April 2018
Already well-known in Rotorua for his captivating designs at Redwoods Treewalk and Skyline Skyrides, internationally renowned designer David Trubridge will present a public talk alongside his new installations at the Rotorua Library building Te Aka Mauri.
Entitled Beauty Matters, the talk will explore the relationship between design and the natural world, and how our idea of beauty has grown out of that relationship.
“I am looking forward to coming back to Rotorua again, which is a very special place for me. There is nowhere else in New Zealand that has such an exciting and comprehensive collection of my designs. I have yet to see the recently opened, spiral access ramp that I designed for the Redwoods Treewalk.”
“Beauty Matters brings together all that I have thought about and believe in about the amazing world we live in. It is important for me to be able to share some of my philosophy with a community that has invested so much in my work,” explains Trubridge.
Bookings are required for what is anticipated to be a popular talk with with tickets $5 per person. The talk will be held at 6.30pm on Thursday 19 April in the Community Pride Space on the ground floor of Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri (1127 Haupapa Street, Rotorua), giving attendees the chance to view the two ground breaking art installations Trubridge designed for the newly refurbished building.
Generously funded by The Wright Family Foundation the tree sculpture is entitled Tāne and evokes the story of Tāne-Mahuta, the Māori God of the Forests.
The second installation is Tāwhaki, which is a tribute to the legendary Māori explorer who climbed the matua (parent) vine to get to the uppermost of the 10 heavens to acquire knowledge and well-being.
Rotorua Library Director, Jane Gilbert, is delighted to have Trubridge return to the Library.
“It’s a full circle moment having David back following the opening of Te Aka Mauri. His creations make such an impact on the new building and it will be a fantastic talk for people interested in his design process and career,” says Ms Gilbert.
Trubridge’s journey has been geographic as well as creative. He grew up and studied in the UK before setting off with his family on an open-ended sailing adventure. They spent five years travelling and working in the Pacific and Caribbean before arriving in New Zealand in 1985.
Over time David Trubridge’s work has developed and matured, changing from labour intensive one-off pieces to the simpler, chic designs of today. His unique and instantly recognisable aesthetic has opened up global opportunities, and examples of his work are now held in such prestigious art institutions as the Pompidou Centre, Paris, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
For more information about the talk or to book visit www.rotorualibrary.govt.nz