Marc’s Blog

We sure had some strong winds earlier this week. On Monday night I raced outside at 2.00am, feeling very mortal as 80km gusts pummeled and thrashed the tawas towering over the house. As the trees bent and swayed vigorously in the dark early hours, I stood in...

It’s that time of year again when many of us are already lighting fires to soften the onset of winter. As ours flickered into life again recently I pondered on our primal connection to fire. Apparently, human beings have been working with fire for over a...

A couple years back I was asked if I would hold a sketching safari around the Government Gardens for a few delegates attending a national architect’s conference. No worries. Except I figured there wouldn’t be much I could offer these seasoned professionals in the art...

Growing up in the Rotorua lakes region has been a true blessing. After four years studying in Christchurch back in the 90’s, I missed the lakes and bush dearly. The journey back home to start a career and raise a family was a natural progression –...

People have been caring for Bonsai trees for over a thousand years. The practise actually started in China before eventually arriving in Japan in the 14th century. The Japanese then went on to enhance the art and developed the refinements which make bonsai what it...

Since ancient times mankind has drawn in the sand as a means of navigation, territory establishment, religious ritual or just plain creative folly. These days, drawing or playing in the sand is more than just about creativity- there are also immeasurable health benefits. For starters, a...

At time of writing, an iconic piece of public art is being created for our city. Standing an impressive 12m tall, the contemporary sculpture destined for the Hemo gorge roundabout will be the largest and arguably the most significant in Rotorua’s public art collection or...

We’ve always wanted to explore NZ’s forgotten highway – full of history and mystery, here was the perfect road trip for Easter weekend. “Careful up there” warned the checkout attendant as we loaded supplies in Stratford. “The roads are a little hairy in places,’ she went on...

It all started back in the1950’s when a young chimpanzee named Congo was handed a pencil and some paper - suddenly, a star was born. Congo went on to create some 400 works in a style labelled ‘lyrical abstract impressionism.’ Picasso and Salvador Dali were...