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It’s our tenth anniversary, and to celebrate, we’re creating a new set of library cards for 2021.
Last year, we invited you to submit a drawing, an illustration, a painting, a photo, a design - something visual that brings Tāmaki Makaurau to life for you.
We’ve now selected our 12 finalists from the incredible entries we received!
Voting is now closed.
We’ll use the six designs with the most votes at the end of the voting period for our 2021 library card collection.
The six winning designs will be announced in March 2021.
Read the stories behind the designs of our 12 finalists.
Please note: Text accompanying the finalists' designs has been edited for length.
“I wanted to create an artwork to represent Auckland’s colourful cultures, plus feature the coastline with sea and sky”.
“Pohutukawa plus hints of sea, sky, waves, boats and greenery”.
“Tui - one of my favourite NZ birds and represents a little stroll down memory lane of my primary days where I'd walk home with mum from Onehunga Primary, and we'd point out the tui”.
“This is a painting of our family experience at Parnell libraries. The library system of Auckland has become a big part of our life, and every member of the family finds something to enjoy”.
“My drawing is devoted to the early Māori explorers who long time ago came to Aotearoa. It incorporates diversity and multi-culturalism between the old world and the modern world through a heart shaped portal. A waka of Māori warriors paddles in front of modern-day Auckland City (Tāmaki Makaurau) which enhances their spirit and empowers their mana to all that surround them”.
“Auckland is a city surrounded by water, from beaches to lakes to streams and the two harbours, water is almost unavoidable. Watching a sunset at one of these unique beaches always reminds me that nature is never far away in Auckland and how lucky I am to call this place home”.
“During lockdown, my 12-year-old, Oscar, went for a walk with his dad around Orewa and Red Beach and came home, inspired to recreate the vivid sunset they saw. He said he wanted to create a painting that couldn't help but make you feel happy when you looked at it”.
“I wanted to create a piece of art that showed the iconic Auckland skyline while also focusing on that natural beauty that surrounds us - both on the ground and in the sky above us. For me, Auckland never feels entirely removed from nature, and it only takes a short drive to find beautiful beaches and bush walks”.
“I’ve taken countless photos of Auckland, being a born Aucklander, shutter-happy, and having lived here all my life, I finally settled on this very urban scene. The nikau is such a dramatic tree - they say 'Pacific’ with unique style”.
“Books are immensely powerful. They are the way to knowledge, they help thousands of people each day, and every book is completely different from the rest. Books are my happy place, and they transport me into another world”.
“Growing up in an immigrant family, I often felt myself stuck between two worlds: my Chinese background, and also the kiwi way of life. Embracing both sides of yourself and not trying to fit into a mould for others is the most important thing. The tattoo represents how his culture will always be a part of him, while the cake, though just a culinary choice, suggests his lifestyle is westernised and indicates cultural assimilation”.
“Maungawhau has myths and legends about Mataaho, god of the maunga, protecting and providing everything people needed in the past. The crater on the maunga became known as ‘Mataaho’s Bowl: The Food Bowl of Love’. My experience of living in Tāmaki Makaurau and working in a school where I see the maunga every day inspired me to create this artwork”.
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