This pole symbolises the fresh water springs of Putāruru, along with many cabbage trees in the district, and the water feature in the centre of the town. Along the Te Waihou River is the Blue Spring, this spring supplies the majority of the countries bottled water, as well as supplying the township its water. This piece acknowledges the friendship and closeness between the people of the Tokoroa and Putāruru communities.
Tokoroa respects the importance of the water and what comes along with it, including the foliage and wildlife.This bright piece of art is popular with tourists because of the use of bright colours and the detail of the work. Tokoroa and Putāruru are similar in their strong community pride.
|Location||Tokoroa Indoor Swimming Pools|
|Material||Mosaic on concrete cylinder, pole fixed to mosaic tiled concrete plinth|
|Artist||Mark Davidson and 20 other Putāruru Volunteers|
|Definition of Name||Wai - Māori word for water
Putāruru - Putāruru is a small town in the Waikato region of New Zealand, about 15 minutes drive north of Tokoroa.
|Definition Interpretation||Putāruru has become more recently known for its fresh and pure wai (water).|
Mosaic is the art of creating artworks and images with the use of small unformed pieces of ceramics. When combined beautiful and bright artworks can be formed. Mosaic is a craft that is common all over the world due to its easy ability to be inventive and creative. Mainly broken pieces of ceramic are used, and applied in much the same way as tiles with the use of grout.