Visitors to Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre Welcomed by an Eleven Thousand-Piece Artwork

Press Room > 2021

A new artwork by New Zealand’s multi-media and installation artist Lonnie Hutchinson, Hana will be placed in the foyer of Te Pae Christchurch, ahead of the convention centre’s opening later this year.

The three koru-shaped chandelier-like installations, are made of 11,000 glass and acrylic beads, and have a combined weight of just over one ton.

“Hana means to illuminate or brighten,” says Lonnie Hutchinson. “The work has been inspired by the Ngāi Tahu creation story and the concept of Ahikā or keeping the home fires burning. These illuminated yellow and red beads will combine to draw people into Te Pae Christchurch and help them feel welcome.”


“Each koru is made up of 109 individual strands, some as long as four metres. So, it has taken an army to thread them onto the wires. I’m so grateful to volunteers from the Christchurch Art Gallery who were able to lend a hand and a critical eye to the project.”

Te Pae Christchurch is being delivered by Ōtākaro Limited on behalf of the Crown.

Ōtākaro’s chief executive, Mr. John Bridgman affirmed that the Te Pae Christchurch is close to completion and is going to be an iconic building for the city.  He further mentioned, the Hana artwork effectively located in the front window is a spectacular sight both day and night for the convention centre.

The opening of the convention centre is scheduled for December, and the venue will begin hosting its first events leading up to Christmas.