Michael Matchitt was approached by graduating students of the St Paul’s Collegiate School to help them design a legacy project for the school. This first of a three piece carved installation encapsulates the values and aspirations of St Paul’s Collegiate School. It is a visual representation of the interconnected cultures, beliefs and values in the school’s strong character and tradition. It also refers to the influences of the past, present, and future, which guide students to become meaningful contributors to society.
Front: The abstract figure of Saint Paul has a halo behind his head and a korowai (cloak) around his shoulder to acknowledge his mana (prestige and authority). There is surface patterning in the form of a number of traditional patterns. These represent the Christian values of the school. Below this is a crucifix enhanced with a pākati design which represents the whakapapa (genealogy) of Christianity.
Back: This has surface patterning in the form of a number of traditional patterns. These represent the Christian values of the school.
Image: St Paul’s Collegiate Fairfield, Hamilton