Black Phoenix by Ralph Hotere

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Black Phoenix by Ralph Hotere Black Phoenix by Ralph Hotere

Title: Black Phoenix

Artist: Ralph Hotere (1931 – 2013)

Nationality: New Zealander

Completion Date: 1988

Style: Conceptual Art

Genre: Installation

Media: Metal and Wood

This is a large art installation titled ‘Black phoenix’, created by artist Ralph Hotere in 1984. The installation incorporates the fire-damaged prow of a fishing boat and burnt planks of wood that lean against the wall on either side of the prow. Other planks have been laid on the floor in front of the prow. Each plank has had a strip of charcoal routed out to reveal the natural timber underneath. Polished brass plates are attached to the boat’s prow, and some of the planks are carved with the tribal proverb Ka mate he t’t’, ka tupu he t’t’ Hinga atu he t’t’ kura, ara mai he t’t’ kura. ‘. The installation is made from metal and burnt wood and measures…

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About Jez Farmer

I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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