Rotorua a special place for renowned designer David Trubridge

Rotorua a special place for renowned designer David Trubridge

Already well-known in Rotorua for his captivating designs at Redwoods Treewalk and Skyline Rotorua, internationally renowned designer David Trubridge will present a public talk alongside his new installations at the Rotorua Library building Te Aka Mauri.

Entitled Beauty Matters, the talk will explore the relationship between design and the natural world, and how our idea of beauty has grown out of that relationship  

"I am looking forward to coming back to Rotorua again, which is a very special place for me. There is nowhere else in New Zealand that has such an exciting and comprehensive collection of my designs. I have yet to see the recently opened, spiral access ramp that I designed for the Redwoods Treewalk."  

"Beauty Matters brings together all that I have thought about and believe in about the amazing world we live in. It is important for me to be able to share some of my philosophy with a community that has invested so much in my work," explains Trubridge.

Bookings are required for what is anticipated to be a popular talk with with tickets $5 per person. The talk will be held at 6.30pm on Thursday 19 April in the Community Pride Space on the ground floor of the recently refurbished Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri, 1127 Haupapa Street, Rotorua, giving attendees the chance to view the two ground breaking art installations Trubridge designed for the newly refurbished building. 

Generously funded by The Wright Family Foundation the tree sculpture is entitled Tāne and evokes the story of Tāne-Mahuta, the Māori God of the Forests.  The second installation is Tāwhaki, which is a tribute to the legendary Māori explorer who climbed the matua (parent) vine to get to the uppermost of the 10 heavens to acquire knowledge and well-being.