Poems point finger at super-city
Poet-with-a-cause Brendan Weir has no trouble being pointed.
In his latest body of work Local Boards he's pointing the finger at the Auckland super-city three years on from its inception.
His work features at Nathan Homestead in Manurewa as part of the Awk Word Land exhibition courtesy of the Auckland Fringe Collective.
By hijacking the Auckland Art Gallery's branding Weir uses the voices of one Aucklander from each previous council to convey their views on the new city structure.
"It's a response to people from other parts of Auckland and it's their feedback that got me to create these acrostic poems.
"We've lost a voice here and it's been subsumed by the super-city."
He calls the provocative poems a "gut feeling response to the evolving concept of Auckland as a super-city".
"I'm an artist and I stand up for freedom of speech and that's what we're trying to look at here. Was the super-city pushed through from Wellington and what part did Rodney Hide play?"
Mr Weir says the timely and topical prose could soon see its way on to T-shirts.
The Awk Word Land exhibition is on until October 15 at Nathan Homestead, located at Hill Rd, Manurewa.
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