Slice of Heaven -20th century Aotearoa:views from the bridge 3

It’s been a week of  intense activity in the Slice of Heaven exhibition space.

With two weeks to go until opening all the teams involved in the project have been hard at work. Objects get installed, graphic panels are put up, wiring is sorted and cases for the next lot of objects are prepared. It’s a complex undertaking with lots of people and many different tasks involved – so it needs careful coordination. Patience and a sense of humour also helps! 

So the view from the bridge has changed – take a look.

In the 1950s New Zealand and Britain celebrated the Queen’s coronation. Can you spot the bust of Ed Hillary who conquered Everest with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953? 

It's 1953 and NZ celebrates the Queen's coronation.

It's 1953 and NZ celebrates the Queen's coronation. Copyright Te Papa, 2010.

One section of the exhibition explores how the role of the state in New Zealanders’  lives has changed during the 20th century. During the Great Depression of the 1930s there was high unemployment and many jobless New Zealanders were forced to accept charity. 

Careful installation of the Depression theme.

Careful installation of the Depression theme. Copyright Te Papa, 2010.

The radical economic and social reforms of the 1980s and 90s – Rogernomics – is explored further on in the exhibition. A highlight of this section is 12 monitors each showing a different story of this tumultous time.

Video stories of the Rogernomics era.

Video stories of the Rogernomics era. Copyright Te Papa, 2010.

Stories of Māori in the 20th century are a key part of Slice of Heaven. This part of the exhibition explores the Māori struggle for rights, equality,  and land – all presented within a beautiful wharenui structure.     

Team members in discussion outside the wharenui, where the stories of Māori in the 20th century are presented. Copyright Te Papa, 2010.

Team members in discussion outside the wharenui, where the stories of Māori in the 20th century are presented. Copyright Te Papa, 2010.

And then there’s the green, green grass – which seems to have expanded. I can only get an intriguing glimpse of this from the bridge – enough to see the pink skateboard attached to the wall.

I really want to see more, but I’ll just have to wait… 14 days to be precise. 

More intriguing glimpses of the exhibition.

More intriguing glimpses of the exhibition. Copyright Te Papa, 2010.

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