Art as a tool to promote awareness

Kauri Project

The McCahon Kauri Project is an occasional project between a group of collaborators committed to the proliferation and protection of kauri. By combining our resources we (McCahon House Trust, The Kauri Project, Te Kawerau ā Maki, Auckland Council Biosecurity, Auckland Botanic Gardens) have been able to offer a new generation of disease-free kauri, raised from the seeds of the kauri from McCahon's French Bay home of the 1950s. Whilst living out West, McCahon made over 50 paintings and drawings which included kauri in their title.

Kauri tree landscape 1956

Colin McCahon, Kauri tree landscape, 1955, oil on board, 774 x 540mm. Courtesy Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū and McCahon Research and Publication Trust 

The McCahon Kauri Project is an occasional project between a group of collaborators committed to the proliferation and protection of kauri. By combining our resources we (McCahon House Trust, The Kauri Project, Te Kawerau ā Maki, Auckland Council Biosecurity, Auckland Botanic Gardens) have been able to offer a new generation of disease-free kauri, raised from the seeds of the kauri from McCahon's French Bay home of the 1950s. Whilst living out West, McCahon made over 50 paintings and drawings which included kauri in their title.

McCahon Kauri Project saplings will next be available in April 2022. Descended from the same Kauri trees Colin McCahon loved and painted, the provenance of these 3-year-old saplings is McCahon House Museum, Titirangi Auckland. 

In the meantime, if you would like to register your name for a McCahon Kauri sapling please email us mccahon@mccahonhouse.org.nz.

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