As an architect or proud home owner you will be looking for a fabricator who can provide high quality, flair and infinite care in bringing your artistic vision to life in specialty metals.
Longveld is renowned for these qualities and we specialise in fabricating designs that are completely one-off, particularly in sculpture and facade work. Invariably these type of projects require us to bend our minds to make the impossible possible and we love the team building that comes from this.
We can work to your design or our innovative team can add value with intelligent solutions and in-house AutoCAD services.
We will communicate extensively with you through the process of converting sketch or model to drawings to capture your vision. Many customers find that our waterjet cutting services are invaluable in these projects.
Once fabrication is completed our on-site specialists can ensure that your design is installed as intended, with minimum disruption.
Longveld also provides balustrading, benching and cabinetry fabrication and installation services, both for residential and larger scale commercial environments.
Project: Pou sculpture
Customer: Naylor Love/Tainui Group Holdings
Location: Te Awa at the Base Mall, Te Rapa Hamilton
Early in 2010 Waikato-Tainui iwi approached us through their building contractors Naylor Love, to create a Pou for their flagship shopping mall
“Te Awa at the Base”.
Pou are carved posts created to represent the relationship between the people of the land, their ancestors and their environment. These objects are very significant to Māori and their cultural identity.
King Tuheitia’s carvers had a vision for a contemporary Pou, combining timber and stainless materials and 14m high, which would pass through the roof canopy at the entrance to the new mall.
The Pou represents the proverb handed down from the first Māori King, Potatau Te Whero Whero, who said at his coronation in 1858 “kotahi te kōhao o te ngira e kuhuna ai te miro mā, te miro pango, me te miro whero”. Potatau was reflecting on his role being one of uniting people - that there is but one eye of the needle, through which the white, the black, and the red threads must pass.
Naylor Love had been told by several fabricators that what they wanted wasn’t possible but Longveld leapt at the chance to prove otherwise.
Technically it certainly was a very difficult project - particularly the head where there was so much working of the stainless steel. Other challenges were presented by the size of the individual elements, and the Pou’s expanding diameter. Our project leader, Jim Price, was joined by Peter Harcourt, Carl Corby and Mike Bridge from start to finish with the whole Longveld team embracing the special spiritual nature of this project all the way through.
A pōwhiri held at Longveld for the handover of the Pou head to Tainui was a very special and moving occasion.
“There is no greater feeling than being able to bring your heart to your work. Our team understood the cultural significance of this piece and that we were handing back the guardianship that we had been entrusted with in bringing the Pou to life,” says Longveld’s managing director Les Roa.
"The Pou was weaving its magic of uniting people before it had even left our workshop and it will continue to do so in its resting place at Te Awa. This is a public work of art produced to stand the test of time which will be enjoyed by many generations to come."