Michael Parekowhai interview

By Sally Blundell In Art, Commentary

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14th May, 2011
West Auckland on a warm Saturday afternoon. Tyre marks curl across the asphalt. In overalls and singlet and with a genial smile, Michael Parekowhai points down a road banked by Hurricane fencing and warehouses. A few blocks down, he says, drivers heading this way hit 70km/h. By the time they reach the dog food factory, they’re up to 100. Then they spot the massive form of a Spanish bull, a rough landscape of blackened bronze resting its bulk on the closed lid of a similarly cast grand piano. Which can cause a sudden slamming of boy-racer brakes. “If I can get that screech of tyres ...

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