P.S. Manuwai

Paul Johnson, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 1989.
About the Work
Part of a series of 7 works in the collection. The artist states:
These works document some of my sculptural activities over the past 7 years. It is a process through which I come to understanding my own history and it is a response to feelings that emerge from working on and in the Whanganui River.
The P.S. Manuwai, 1894-1940, was the largest of the riverboats - a sternwheeler capable of carrying 400 people. It once travelled as far as Pipiriki. The River banks are littered with ghosts and memories. This burning sculpture refers to the ghosts of the Riverboats.
- Paul Johnson, Sep 1995
Image 410 x 750mm
Frame 630 x 970mm
colour photograph
Colour photograph of a group of black wooden cross-like structures on the riverbank beside the Whanganui River. The wooden structures are in flames
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of the artist, 2001
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
26 Feb 2001


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