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Cephalopod in Clarence

AN enormous ocean creature will call Kangaroo Bay home next month, when a show-stopping installation splashes down as part of the Ten Days on the Island festival.

Māori artist Lisa Reihana’s work ‘Te Wheke-a-Muturangi’ is sure to draw curious crowds to the foreshore when the brightly coloured giant octopus goes on display from 8-19 March.

In Māori mythology, Te Wheke-a-Muturangi is the giant octopus chased by Kupe, the legendary Polynesian navigator who discovered Aotearoa New Zealand.

Now the giant octopus from that story has travelled across the Tasman Sea to share her tale in Clarence, as part of a partnership between the Clarence City Council and Ten Days on the Island designed to boost the city’s arts and cultural opportunities.

“Bringing world-class festivals like Ten Days on the Island to the City of Clarence has so many benefits,” Clarence Mayor Brendan Blomeley said.

“Culturally the people of Clarence can easily access incredible events and artworks, but also economically it benefits the community by giving visitors another reason to visit as well as the locals getting out and about.

“I’m so proud that our sponsorship of Ten Days on the Island has brought this incredible artwork literally to our shores.”

Throughout the Ten Days festival, the public is invited to bring a picnic rug and sit and enjoy the scene at Kangaroo Bay.

An interactive ‘Te Wheke-a-Muturangi’ exhibition will also be on display at the nearby Rosny Barn, allowing the community to further engage and learn about the work with the artist.

For more information go to www.clarencearts andevents.net

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