This documentary is a view into the crucible that forged museum Te Papa, which opened on Wellington's waterfront in February 1998. Fascinating fly-on-the-wall moments are captured as a new kind of national museum is conceived. This excerpt features a board meeting where Saatchi & Saatchi present branding options. As political, ideological, creative and commercial considerations collide, the frustrations of decision making by committee are palpable: the body language, tears, cautions, grumbles, and finally, smiles, as they settle on the contentious thumbprint logo.
For anyone who has worked in a woolshed: they had too much water on the brush and they slopped it around.– Sir Ron Trotter comments on a branding option
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata
Music composed by Jonathan Besser.
Musicians Nanette Fortier, Anne Rodda, Nigel Gavin and Jonathan Besser