Pink and White Terraces
Original painting by Sofia Minson
Oil on canvas. 1300 x 1300mm.
In this work Minson was inspired by the history and myths surrounding the terraces, which were known as the 8th wonder of the world and were obliterated in the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption. Several pouakai, also known as haast eagles or hokioi, are perching and soaring around the terraces. The birds had the world’s largest wingspan of three metres and went extinct c. 1400 A.D. Their presence could be interpreted as heralding change, as an omen for the destructive transformation.