No2 of 3 in this series. I may yet add another tree in the middle foreground, or not. I want the road to push the eye towards Rangitoto Island – so maybe not, 70/30
The 2nd largest of Auckland’s 46 volcanoes (Rangitoto is largest and youngest, only 600yo). I’ve double-named it in English/Maori (“mountain of the kiekie vine”). We’re in a transition here as to why we still call prominent places after Victorian colonial overlords (many of whom never visited here) and English places when Europeans, my ancestors too, arrived only since the 1830s. Of course those settlers wanted to make the unfamiliar more like home, it was a grim enough transition for them. But nowadays, once we get used to using Maungakiekie, we will drop One Tree Hill (a hill somewhere outside London, who cares) for the traditional name. All part of growing up as a young nation (currently in the difficult teenage years!)
“Maungakiekie’s international profile was lifted after the Irish supergroup U2 wrote the song ‘One Tree Hill’. When the band toured New Zealand in 1984, lead singer Bono visited the landmark and it left a vivid impression. When U2’s crew member, Aucklander Greg Carroll, died as a result of a motorbike accident, the band’s next album, The Joshua Tree, was dedicated to Greg and featured the song ‘One Tree Hill’.“
Acrylics on stretched canvas, 600x600mm. Sold October 2020.