KOKOWAI, The Sacred Red of the Maori,
a leporello book with 10 Terragraphics.
The TERRAGRAPHICS of this book were printed by EG on 300 gsm BFK Rives paperstock with KOKOWAI, the sacred Red of the Maori. Five SOIL samples come from the the Waipoua forest of AOTEAROA the North Island of New Zealand. This forest, home of the Te Roroa, contains some of the oldest Kauri trees, which can date back 2000 years and can have a circumference of up to 25 m.
The five remaining samples originate from the east and west coast of WAIPOUNAMU, the name given to the southern island of New Zealand by the Ngai Tahu, the Maori people of that island.
This version of the KOKOWAI creation myth was written down by Ekkeland Götze on the basis of published and oral sources, and translated by Michael Herd into English. The MAUKOROA creation myth was written down by Gene Teao Waaka and translated by Christopher Balme into German. An ancient South Island chant relating the creation of the cosmos before the beginning of time is added in this part of the book.
All texts are printed in English and German on Japanese long fibre paper 42 g.
The leporello book in the size 35 x 35 x 2 cm, opened 70 x 350 cm, was bound by EG himself. The cover carries his hand signature and each Terragraphic an embossed signature. It has been produced in an edition of 17 copies with Arabic numerals and 5 copies with Roman numerals. The first two copies were presented to TE ROROA and NGAI TAHU.
Published in 1999.