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Brick Bay Nohonga opens in Britomart

05 Nov 2020

Three of the four finalists for the Brick Bay Nohonga (seat) design challenge have been laboriously constructed and are now on full display in Britomart’s Takutai Square. See Bela Grimsdale, Luke Veldhuizen and Sam Gould’s vivid red Te Whakatohenehene (The Disruption), Katherine Eastman, Erin Diao and Alex Smith’s origami-like Whiria, and Anne and Rosemary Wilkins’ balanced Connection V Isolation. 

With an incredible weight of more than seven tonnes, the fourth design, Bioluminescence by Topsy Steele and Qiannan (Anna) Li, will be on display at Brick Bay in coming weeks – a cautionary move to avoid compromising the structural integrity of Britomart Station below.


Te Whakatohenehene (The Disruption) by Bela Grimsdale, Luke Veldhuizen and Sam Gould is painted inResene Dynamite.


Whiria by Katherine Eastman, Erin Diao and Alex Smith is made from mild steel folded into modules that can be arranged into a number of different formations. A combination of Resene Impromptu and Resene Dell was used to the front nohonga and Resene Flashback with Resene Jalapeno was used for the rear module.


Connection V Isolation by Anne and Rosemary Wilkins. The timber seat tops are stained in Resene Woodsman.


Bioluminescence by Topsy Steele and Qiannan (Anna) Li, inspired by shells, waves and the colours of the beach, is being installed directly at Brick Bay in early November. Due to its immense weight (clocking in at over seven tonnes), the team was unable to install the nohonga on Takutai Square out of caution to avoid compromising the structural integrity of Britomart Station below. The finished design will feature timber finished in Resene Woodsman Whitewash and steel frames in Resene Hullabaloo.