Location: Hassel Garden, corner Mannering and Logan Streets
Materials: Ignimbrite with paua shell inlay, Free standing on concrete surround,
Artist: Elma Churchwood
Definition of Name:
Peace: “The absence of war or other hostilities. An agreement or a treaty to end hostilities. “
“Freedom from quarrels and disagreement; harmonious relations roommates living in peace with each other“
“Inner contentment; serenity”
Interpretation of Definition:
Universal peace inside oneself and without.
Meaning of the Sculpture / Carving:
This sculptures represents the idea of universal peace, in all ways shapes and forms, from societal to environmental to mental and spiritual.
This sculpture set in its location serves to inspire the community to dream, to dream of a brighter future. A future of trust in oneself, your community, your society, and most importantly, in the idea of universal good.
The artist believes in the idea of “Aim for the stars, regardless of whether or not you have actually reached them, you have furthered yourself and potentially are now living in the clouds.”
Ignimbrite is a pumice-dominated pyroclastic flow deposit formed from the cooling of pyroclastic material ejected from an explosive volcanic eruption. As the pyroclastic material settles it can build up thick layers, and if the temperature is sufficiently high (> 535°C) it can weld into rock. The degree of welding depends on the weight of overlying material, so at the tops of such deposits the rock is commonly vesicular and of low density, while at depth the overlying weight crushes the pyroclastic material forming a dense, non-vesicular rock. While most volcanic rocks are found close to the eruptive source, ignimbrite of reasonable thickness can often be found tens to hundreds of kilometres from the site of eruption.
Paua is native to New Zealand, and is a type of Abalone, and is the most colourful species. Paua is regarded as treasure or taonga by New Zealanders. Paua is often used for its beauty, with bright colours that change depending on the angle.