15 May 2010

Rosy Tin Teacaddy

Lake Tarawera was the scene of the volcanic erruption that buried the Pink And White Terraces - beautiful geothermic rock formations which were the biggest tourist attraction in NZ, drawing visitors from around Europe. Then on the 10th of June 1886 the so called 'eighth wonder of the world' was buried under hot mud, lava and ash, along with around 150 residents of the surrounding villages. Wellington duo Rosy Tin Teacaddy found themselves amongst this volatile landscape and its history when they took up a 'Wild Creations' residency, which Creative NZ and the Department of Conservation give to three artists each year. They provide accomodation and a small fund for an artist to spend six weeks creating a body of work inspired by an area. Rosy Tin Teacaddy's Billy Earl and Betty Grey kept an audio diary of their first two weeks at Frying Pan Lake.