Billy Apple's New Zealand flag auctioned to raise money for Tame Iti's appeal against his Urewera Raids conviction
Recently Billy Apple produced a study for a flag based on Statistic New Zealand's 2006 Census data. The flag's composition is determined by the representation of Maori/Other population data using the golden ratio and tones of 100% black.
Apple's Study for a New Zealand flag was made for an art auction to raise money for Maori activist Tame Iti's appeal against his Urewera Raids conviction. Iti was accused of running military-style training camps in the Urewera Ranges in 2007 and is currently serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence on convictions including firearm charges and possessing Molotov cocktails.
The auction raised $80,000 – enough for Iti to lodge his appeal.
Image: Billy Apple®, Study for a New Zealand flag, 2012, UV impregnated ink on primed canvas, 382 x 618 mm, collection of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki