The well known Canterbury artist has been tutoring at Ara since the 1980s, Head of Art & Design Bruce Russell told guests gathered on the North Green at the City Campus Christchurch.
“Since that time he has been one of a number of prominent practising artists here in the faculty. Our degrees are practice-based and it is important that we have tutors who are doing the work they are teaching about,” he said.
“I would like to thank Bing for his consummate professionalism, which reflects the considered and sober attitude he has brought to his teaching responsibilities.”
Ara has been fortunate to have Bing Dawe as a tutor for so many years. Now he leaves behind a legacy to the institute and the city with his new sculpture.
Dawe retired from tutoring at Ara this year, but leaves behind a lasting legacy to the campus, future students and Christchurch city in the elegant and thoughtful artwork.
Dawe thanked his wife Shona, Matt Williams for the casting and helping with fabrication and transport, Ara Art Curator Julie Humby, Head of Art & Design Bruce Russell and all of the staff at Ara who were involved.
The sculpture, Dawe said, “Talks about the Waimakiriri River. It’s running under our feet. It’s vital to us, to the water resources and the wellbeing of all of us. It looks at the birds of the Waimakiriri and the ways they have a defending themselves, but diverting also looks at the way water is taken for other uses.”
Dawe’s work is the fourth public artwork to be commissioned by the Ara Art Committee recently as part of the Campus Master Plan upgrades and new buildings. It follows Wayne Youle’s THE HOUSE OF WELLBEING ALL WELCOME, at the entrance to the Whareora (Science and Wellbeing facility), Niki Hastings-McFall’s Fledge for the atrium of Kahukura (Engineering and Architectural Studies building) and Collidescape by Catherine Griffiths on the windows of the new Te Kei building on the North Green.