Coexistence Exhibition

“C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S  Matt! The jury found your work—The colour of blood, outstanding and worthy for its originality and its universal appeal.”
Raphie Etgar,

Curator & Art Director,

Museum on the Seam,

Socio-Political , Contemporary Art Museum

On behalf of the Wellington City Council, I am glad to welcome the Coexistence Exhibition to Wellington. The exhibition has proved a popular attraction in 31 cities throughout the world, and was just as enthusiastically received in Sao Paulo as in Zurich.

Justin Lester

Mayor of Wellington

The United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNA NZ) is pleased to collaborate with Coexistence and their International Outdoor Art Exhibition in Wellington.

Joy Dunsheath

UNA NZ National President

COEXISTENCE is a giant, thought provoking outdoor art exhibition that is currently touring the world. Large, striking images bring the theme of coexistence to life and have a great impact on visitors and passers-by. My work ‘the Colour of Blood’ was chosen to be part of the travelling exhibition.

Role: Artist

Client: Museum of the Seam

The plan is to travel to each of these nations to collect one tiny pin prick of blood from the first national willing to donate a small sample of theirs.  As I only had 5 days to assemble my collection for this work, my plan was doomed from the start.  However I had an idea… why not start with my
own blood?
Look and see. Isn’t it obvious? In every nation blood is red. All around the world, in all people groups, the same crimson flow courses through every vein. When we bleed, it’s the same hue – everywhere! This is what connects us as human beings. It’s so for every individual who has ever lived, who is alive now, and who will ever live.
Right now blood is flowing constantly throughout the body of every single person. It’s what defines us as living human beings. If the flow ceases we die. It’s true of every single person on the face of the planet and this one fact connects us all. In the midst of all our diversity, the colour of blood makes us one. Let us never forget that each day, in every place,
we live out a connected coexistence.