An internationally renowned designer, recognised in Rotorua for his captivating designs at Redwoods Treewalk and Skyline Skyrides will present a public talk on Thursday.

David Trubridge will present the talk alongside his new installations at the Rotorua Library building, Te Aka Mauri, from 6.30pm.

Entitled Beauty Matters, the talk will explore the relationship between design and the natural world, and how our idea of beauty has grown out of that relationship.

"I am looking forward to coming back to Rotorua again, which is a very special place for me.


"There is nowhere else in New Zealand that has such an exciting and comprehensive collection of my designs.

"I have yet to see the recently opened, spiral access ramp that I designed for the Redwoods Treewalk.

"Beauty Matters brings together all that I have thought about and believe in about the amazing world we live in.

"It is important for me to be able to share some of my philosophy with a community that has invested so much in my work."

Bookings are required for what is anticipated to be a popular talk with tickets $5 per person.

Generously funded by The Wright Family Foundation, the tree sculpture is entitled Tane and evokes the story of Tane-Mahuta, the Maori God of the Forests.

The second installation is Tawhaki, a tribute to the legendary Maori explorer who climbed the matua (parent) vine to get to the uppermost of the 10 heavens to acquire knowledge and wellbeing.

Rotorua Library director Jane Gilbert is delighted to have Trubridge return to the Library.

"It's a full circle moment having David back following the opening of Te Aka Mauri. His creations make such an impact on the new building and it will be a fantastic talk for people interested in his design process and career."

Trubridge's journey has been geographic as well as creative.

He grew up and studied in the UK before setting off with his family on an open-ended sailing adventure.

They spent five years travelling and working in the Pacific and Caribbean before arriving in New Zealand in 1985.

Over time David Trubridge's work has developed and matured, changing from labour intensive one-off pieces to the simpler, chic designs of today.

His unique and instantly recognisable aesthetic has opened up global opportunities, and examples of his work are now held in such prestigious art institutions such as the Pompidou Centre, Paris, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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