The felling of a historic Macrocarpa tree in Avondale at the start of 2021 saw heated protest action, which got nationwide media coverage. It felt like a step forward had been taken in tree protection, despite the felling of Big Mac. Elivra Twowbridge decided to make this the subject of her art project.
She writes: “I was a first-year student at Unitec when I created The People of Big Mac. I wanted to memorialise the existence of Big Mac while also celebrating the people who came together to protect him for as long as they could. Big Mac is still part of the conversation about the importance of mature tree cover in Auckland, even if he is no longer with us. One of these days, there will be legislation to protect them, and I really look forward to when that happens”.