imaginarium

In 2000 Freindensreich Hundertwasser completed the last building in his life, the Kawakawa Public Toilet.

Since then hundreds of thousands people have visited the only public architecture he designed and constructed in New Zealand.

picMatthewI am Matthew Nisbet and for many years I was operating a gallery over the road, selling my ceramics and other NZ made art. When the retail downturn started in 2009, I had been watching the visitors to Hundertwasser works across the road and decided the land behind the gallery was suitable for an art project,  Amazespace.   The position was ideal to attract the existing art focused wanders.

The beginning was not easy. The land was a steep bank of old mine trailings from when Kawakawa produced the best coal in the Southern Hemisphere.  Work started right against the back of the gallery clearing decades of rubbish and retaining to the building. I almost lost the entire bank in a two week patch of rain while retaining!  Budget after budget- all of them on a shoestring working with local labour and trades people just to have a blank canvas!  It seems at times there is more landscaping and building than art work!  But every idea has its stages and the work here continues to this day.