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The Tile Depot Journey with Whale Tales 2022

10 June 2021

The Tile Depot is very excited to be a Whale Tales sculpture sponsor as part of Whale Tales 2022.


The Whale Tales event is an immersive art experience presented by WWF-New Zealand, in partnership with Wild in Art and Auckland Unlimited. It is a celebration of NZ art and culture that raises awareness of our unique marine ecosystems. Inspired by the Nationally Critical Brydes Whale, of which there is a resident population of approximately 50 whales in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, there are 100 whale tail sculptures being transformed by 100 New Zealand artists.


In January 2022 these sculptures will form a public art trail throughout Auckland City, providing a unique way to explore Auckland and bring to life stories about the marine environment and the need for its protection. The art trail will be in place for 12 weeks at which time the sculptures will be auctioned and the proceeds will go to supporting WWF-New Zealand and their work, particularly as it pertains to the protection of the coastal environment.


With many of our Tile Depot staff and family members passionate about the ocean (even a couple of Marine Biology degrees in the mix), the chance to fund a Whale Tales sculpture and play a small part in the protection of vulnerable marine species was an opportunity not to be missed.


Some of the very excited Tile Depot "Green Team" Amelia and Toni with Aaron Kereopa and Daniel Kereopa.


As a sculpture partner, the Tile Depot is sponsoring the tail being transformed by Raglan artist Aaron Kereopa. Aaron Kereopa is a contemporary NZ artist with a strong affinity to the ocean. He lives beside it, surfs in it and is inspired daily by it. A Fine Art Surfboard sculptor, Aaron draws upon his Maori heritage to express his connections to the ocean environment, culture, genealogy and lifestyle experiences, and in so doing creates incredibly unique pieces of work. We feel really privileged to have been paired with Aaron and really look forward to seeing his finished artwork. To view Aaron's artwork go to:


Aaron Kereopa and his brother Daniel collect the Whale Tales sculpture from Tile Depot Head Office, Auckland, May 2021.


We also had the bonus of being able to offer our Lower Hutt showroom as a workspace to mosaic artist Rachel Silver. Staff and clients alike will be able to observe Rachel at work and watch the transformation of her sculpture in situ. This work is due to commence in July 2021.


Ani and Adam from our Lower Hutt store with the Whale Tales sculpture that will be transformed in-store. 


So follow our Whale Tales 2022 journey and share in the excitement as some rather lovely white fibreglass whale tail sculptures are transformed into unique masterpieces by Aaron Kereopa and Rachel Silver. We hope you enjoy the updates as they come to hand and when the opportunity arises in 2022, go and participate in what will be an amazing art trail.


Aaron Kereopa's Whale Tales 2022 Sculpture. Last seen in a secret shed location somewhere near Raglan.


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