Richard Cranenburgh is the artist/designer behind the colourful makeover for the building known as ‘Oceans’ at Tutukaka.
His approach to the project was to first consider the building as a blank canvas observing the parallel lines, rectangles, horizontal elements and shadows. Working with the ‘bones of the build’ Richard then researched colour with a view to choosing colours which are found in the four seasons of Northland snd matching these to the Resene palette as follows:
Black tree fern – Deep sea green
Cabbage tree – Fruit salad green
Manuka flower – Deep blush
Sky – Havelock blue
Night sky – Cod grey
Kowhai – Wazzap
Pohutakawa – Roadstar
Forest – Copper/wild west
Water – Pelorus
When commenting on his design, Richard says, “My design is not unlike the work of Piet Mondrian, a Dutch painter, who believed that art reflected the underlying spirituality of nature. Mondrian simplified his paintings to the most basic elements of colour and used up to only 3 to 4 colours. l too wanted to relate to my colour palette to NZ nature and keep the deign simple. The colours l chose will work effectively both on a grey day and on a sunny day – offering a distinct vibrant feel.
The title of this design is ‘Avant Garde’ which l feel represents the best that NZ stands for …new, experimental, innovative, advanced, original, inventive, forward looking, pioneering and revolutionary.