MTG Hawke's Bay Tai Ahuriri wins the award for George Nuku's: Bottled Ocean 2118 exhibition

MTG Hawke's Bay Tai Ahuriri won the award in the category of 'Exhibition and Temporary Structure,' at the 2019 Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Awards for exhibition by indigenous artist, George Nuku named 'Bottled Ocean 2118.' MTG Hawke's Bay is made up of three buildings of distinct character – an art deco masterpiece, a modernist gem, and a light-filled gallery that looks out across the ocean. 

MTG Hawke’s Bay uses its collection to tell the stories of the region and beyond, including the 1931 earthquake that devastated the region and from which developed a legacy of art deco architecture still celebrated today. 

The National Graphic Design Awards were established in the mid seventies to celebrate New Zealand’s best graphic design. In 1988 the name was changed to the New Zealand Best Design Awards and enabled a growing community to benefit from the experience of a jury of international peers. In 1992 the awards were expanded to include Spatial and Product design.  By 1998 the Best Design Awards became a annual awards programme. In 2010, Interactive was established as a distinct discipline. The Ngā Aho Award and Best Effect Award were added in 2012 and Public Good along with Moving Image in 2015. In 2017 the User Experience Award was introduced. The Gold Pin is coveted under each category as best in category, but its the very best piece of design in each discipline that is given the supreme Purple Pin and held up as work that raises the bar of New Zealand design.

One of the judges on the artwork published on the website of the Designers Institute of New Zealand says,  "I never expected he could be so moved by a polycarbonate wharenui. A powerful comment on the state of our planet and human intervention. Each delicately detailed object within the exhibition contributes to an overwhelming exhibit that teaches and inspires a better way for the next generation."

More information about George Nuku's work can be obtained at the MTG Hawke's Bay website.

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