As there is a constant flow of light we are born into a pure land, 1969

Record number
cm000512
Title
As there is a constant flow of light we are born into a pure land
Date
1969
Medium
synthetic polymer paint
Support
curved bar of timber & hardboard
Dimensions
1050 x 1830 x 615 mm
Inscriptions
Shadbolt from / McCahon March 22 '69 (brushpoint, b.l.)
Credit line
Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
Accession number
1999-0010-1
Extended inscriptions
AHIPARA
BUTTERCUP FIELDS FOREVER
As there is
a Constant
Flow of Light
we are born
into a
pure Land
History
1998 Wellington: Dream Collectors: One Hundred Years of Art in New Zealand, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 14 February-? July 1998.
Notes
The texts are McCahon's personal variation on The Beatles' song 'Strawberry fields forever' (1967) and the 12th-century Japanese Buddhist text Shrinan's Songs to Amida Honen.
The work was painted for McCahon's friend, the writer Maurice Shadbolt.