LUNA_union of heaven earth heart
14 Oct 2015
LUNA_union of heaven earth heart, Albany Busway Station Entrance, Albnay, Auckland, NZ by Caroline Robinson of Cabal
Luna was sculpted to stand like a wise old tree - steady and broad at the base, stretching upwards from the earth to the sky - a quiet reminder of our place within nature.
Luna is built from limestone, a material formed on the ocean floor, and chosen for its strong association with water. Like the moon’s gravitational pull on the tides, Luna quietly stirs our memories and dreams.
There is an invitation to imagine yourself entering the stone tower through Luna’s dark, narrow window. This mysterious possibility invokes the interplay of opposites; inside and outside, darkness and light, visible or invisible. Like all living things, Luna is alive with this dance of contrast.
The `flower of life’ pattern carved into Luna’s side is an ancient geometric symbol that describes the structures of the universe. Within the symbol are patterns and codes known in science, architecture and art. Its presence within Luna conveys a story of our collective past, and a blueprint for our future - living in harmony with the sacredness of all life.
Luna was designed by Caroline Robinson through a close collaboration with Auckland Transport, Scottish Stone Walls Ltd (Colin Christe, Bobby Biggame and team), Albino Gola, WEC/GHD, and others. Design and construction processes were an integrated part of the Albany Busway Park and Ride Carpark Extension Project 2011-2012, a project of Auckland Transport. The project commissioner was Anthony Blom, Northern Busway Team Leader. Senior Engineer, Saby Virdi Construction Manager, Bill Strickland LUNA Public Artwork Commissioned by Auckland Transport Location - Albany Busway Station Park and Ride Carpark Entrance, Cornerstone Drive, Albany, Auckland Council Ward Upper Harbour Date completed Cap stones laid: 6 June 2012 (Transit of Venus) Handover Event: September 30th, 2012 Estimated life span of the work 100 years + Photos by Simon Devitt