An exhibition by Eleanor Cooper and Melanie Kung, 2013
Mount Eden Information Kiosk is a project about Maungawhau Mount Eden from the perspective of two people who live here. In light of the Unitary Plan, residents are banding together, meeting in the community hall, debating view-shafts and the lowness or highness of medium rise developments. ‘Not in my backyard!’
As residents living on the flanks of Maungawhau we bring together local materials, memories and histories to offer a personal response to this place. Maungawhau was one of the mountains made by the fire goddess Mahuika to keep Mataaho, the visiting volcano god warm. The crater is his food bowl.
Maungawhau Mount Eden: suburb of tennis courts and million dollar mansions, sacred cabbage trees and kumara pits, a knitters and weavers guild and light industry, violin lessons, an undercover rat population, a nineteenth century prison in the heart of suburbia and split/fountain. – Cooper and Kung
Images by Asumi Mizuo