They were the subject of some of New Zealand artist Colin McCahon’s most notable works - now you can own a limited-edition kauri grown from the seeds of the trees that inspired him.
Not only will your purchase help continue McCahon’s legacy, planting kauri will help ensure the future of this mighty native tree in the face of kauri dieback disease.
“Thanks to a wonderful joint effort, we’ve been able to harvest seeds from the very kauri trees McCahon painted and loved,” says Vivienne Stone, director of the McCahon House Trust, which maintains the French Bay property.
“It was a challenge, as these trees are now sadly infected with kauri dieback disease themselves, but with input from a range of experts, the seedlings are now ready to be planted and are thankfully free of any signs of kauri dieback.”
“We hope this project honours McCahon’s legacy while helping to preserve one of New Zealand’s natural icons.”
Six hundred of the trees will be available to purchase for $50 each and in keeping with their legacy, they will be released as a 2017 limited edition. You can even choose what number tree you’d like!
Each tree will be accompanied by a booklet, recording its unique edition number, along with information about its heritage, and how to plant and care for the sapling.
The trees will be available to purchase at a McCahon Kauri Community Day, free to attend on Sunday 6 August 2017, from 11am to 4pm at Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Road, Auckland.
The day features talks from Dr Nick Waipara of Auckland Council, a leading specialist in biosecurity; Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, a former McCahon House artist-in-residence and biodynamic gardener; and Julia Waite, curator of Freedom & Structure: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930 – 1960, a painting show currently touring New Zealand which includes McCahon’s French Bay and kauri paintings.
“Generating awareness of kauri dieback is essential,” says Ariane Craig-Smith of The Kauri Project.
“The more people that are aware of this disease and what they can do, the more likely we are to limit its spread - and hopefully find a cure.”
Growing the seedlings and the fundraising event is a collaborative project between the McCahon House Trust, The Kauri Project, Auckland Botanic Gardens and Auckland Council Biosecurity. Money raised will go towards the work of the McCahon House Trust and The Kauri Project.
To enquire about purchasing saplings, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 09 817 6148. For more information visit mccahonhouse.org.nz/kauri