The ninth curated exhibition of sculpture by emerging and established NZ and international artists is set to open with a gala preview on Saturday 3 December at Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens in Auckland.
Each year a completely new selection of work is displayed in the gardens meaning each time visitors come they will have a new experience.
This year we are privileged to feature the work of 2 international artists on display.
Karl Chilcott, flew in from Sweden last weekend to create an artwork on site using local found stone and Eucalyptus wood .
He created a Garden of Stones(See image) a contemplative space to draw attention to the need for nature to be appreciated and respected.
Karl is one of 40 artists who have created sculptural works that are informed by the site near the Kaipara Harbour, north of Auckland. The works reflect and explore the natural beauty, the
flora and fauna, threats to the environment, the history of the land, colonisation and socio-political issues relating to this area, New Zealand and where New Zealand fits in the global arena.
Sonja van Kerkhoff is resident in Holland and her work for Kaipara, The Truisms explores the play of language between Maori and English as seen in her garden signage , some may read the texts as contemplative and others as provocative. Purchasers of the works will have the destination of the works recorded on a website so the artist and public can see hoe widely the messages get dispersed.
There is also work featured by artists Blair Fraser from Sandspit, Sharonagh Montrose and Vivienne Thomson from Waiheke Island, Jeff Thomson from Helensville, Bev Goodwin from Orakei, Margaret Johnston from Nelson, Katherine Batchelor from Whangarei, Rose Petterson from Oakura Taranaki, John Mulholland from Warkworth, Aaron Frater form Wellington, Rebecca Rose from Titirangi. I have further information and images of their work which is available on request.
EXHIBITION 2017 Under Kaipara Skies, Against the backdrop of the Kaipara Harbour, a 1km trail winds through a secluded valley displaying the beauty of iconic New Zealand landscapes. More than 40
sculptures by emerging and established New Zealand and international artists are revealed at every turn.
EXHIBITION ON SHOW UNTIL END OCTOBER 2017. Open 7 days 9am to 5pm. Last admissions 4pm. Closed Christmas Day and Anzac Morning. Adults $12, Children (5 to 13) $6, under 5 free.
PREVIEW OPENING EVENT Wine, food, entertainment, Saturday 3 December, 3-5pm. Tickets from www.kaiparacoast.co.nz or 09 420 5655. Adults $30, Children (5 to 13) $15, under 5 free.
For more information please call Sally Lush ( Curator) on 027 260 9486