Commemorating the Rena oil spill, New Zealand’s worst maritime environmental disaster, caused by the grounding of MV Rena on the Astrolabe Reef. This painting shows a duel as it is also celebrates the beauty and design and the mechanical and practical allure of the Ford vehicle.
Car: 1950 Ford Tudor sedan V8, a milestone car in Ford history.
Boarder design: Based on the front of the Ford factory in Lower Hutt.
Kowhaiwhai: Nga Maunga depicting mountains of Aotearoa and the link we have to them.
Mount Motor Oil Logo:‘The Mount’ is the common term for Mt Maunganui which is the image inside the logo, referencing the oil that washed ashore.
AAA bird logo: Inspired by the NZ wood pigeon. Various Ford vehicles were thought of as heavy and clumsy…when relating this to our native Fauna…I immediately thought of the Kereru.
Gas pump:Based on the older style of pump at the top with S.O.S. (Save our souls), universal term for when in need of help.