Artifacts/Tapa Beater

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Maker/Artist(s) Unknown
Date(s) 1800-1900
Collection of Massey University Wellington
User:Bronwyn Holloway-Smith?
User:Bronwyn Holloway-Smith
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Tapa Beater

The tapa beater is a tool that has been used by pacific cultures for centuries to make a traditional bark cloth, known as tapa. Tapa is primarily made in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji, but it has also been made in Java, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Hawaii. Maker unknown, circa 1800-1900.

Artistic and Curatorial Process

These objects are replicas of artifacts imagined as lost, hidden or misregistered during the Museum of New Zealand's tenure in the former Museum Building on Buckle St, now occupied by Massey University's College of Creative Arts. The objects have been created through a process of drawing, digital 3D rendering, and finally printing with an Open Source 3-dimensional printer – the RepRap.


This is an experimental web-exhibition, and as such is a quasi-virtual mirror of Bronwyn_Holloway-Smith's work. Her website and project page is:

* Some text courtesy of Wikipedia, December 2009 All text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.