• Gabby O'Connor

The Unseen is a multi-authored, temporary sculptural project led by artist Gabby O'Connor which brings art and science into close conversation.

Created from 12 kilometres of rope and cable ties, the expansive, site-specific artwork to be shown at Tauranga Art Gallery, evolved through a series of nationwide community programmes involving more than 60 workshops and 1600 participants. The artist will work directly with Tag's school groups to ensure that they learn about pressing ecological issues through making activities.

Scientific research forms the premise for the workshops and art installation. O'Connor and the contributing participants use rope as a collaborative drawing and sculptural mapping material to create an artwork that reflects local marine science research into the global climate. In each workshop, O'Connor, scientists and community participants explore how ecosystems work and how they may change, prompting students to gain a larger awareness of the environment.

The Unseen: this 2-minute film describes an art-science-education project exploring the risks associated with environmental and climate change.

Artist/researcher Gabby O'Connor led this collaborative project, working with communities and school children to explore the risks associated with environmental and climate change; and how this might affect the way we manage New Zealand’s marine ecosystems. Filmed October 2017, updated February 2021.

Exhibition Funder: Toi Moana - Bay of Plenty Regional Council

The Unseen has been made with support from University of Auckland, Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge and NIWA -National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research.

Opening Hours

  • Open Daily, 10am-4pm


  • Corner of Wharf and Willow Streets
  • Tauranga, 3141