A beautiful and important book about the remarkable collaboration between the
modernist architect James Hackshaw (a member, for a time, of the famous Group
Architects), the painter Colin McCahon and the then young sculptor Paul Dibble on
12 New Zealand buildings - from churches to school halls.
Drawing on interviews with James Hackshaw before his death and on the McCahon
archive, this book brings into the light a body of work and a collaboration that has
been little known or examined, even by old McCahon hands.
Richly illustrated with Hackshaw's plans, McCahon's drawings, letters and journal
entries, and contemporary images of the surviving buildings and artworks, expert
essays by Peter Simpson, Julia Gatley, Peter Shaw and Alexa Johnston complete the