A community art project at Waiheke Art Gallery on Waiheke Island has uncovered rich material for artist Michel Tuffery. Michel works with objects - you might remember his cattle sculptures made from corned beef cans. But he also projects videos on the walls of buildings, as well as producing woodcuts, lithographs, paintings on canvas and tapa, sculpture, carving and performance art. For the past few years he's been involved in an on-going series of works about Rarotonga's 500 Kuki Airani soldiers who served in World War I. On Waiheke he worked mainly with shells from historic midden sites. He tells Lynn Freeman the offer of the residency came at the perfect time.