The New Zealand Statue – Contemporary Figure Sculpture in Aotearoa

The sculpture Quarter-acre Weather-board Paradise

The sculpture Quarter-acre Weather-board Paradise stands out against the concrete panels of the Gallery at Zealandia Sculpture Garden.

A survey of contemporary New Zealand figurative sculpture curated by Robin Woodward is currently on show at Zealandia Sculpture Garden, near Warkworth.

The show includes works by: Paul Dibble, Marian Fountain, Hannah Kidd, Richard McWhannell, Terry Stringer, Llew Summers, Greer Twiss, Toby Twiss and myself.

The show will run through January and February 2013 and can be viewed by appointment by contacting Zealandia Sculpture Garden direct (09 422 0099).

My work titled Quarter-acre Weather-Board Paradise references the 1972 book The Half-Gallon Quarter-Acre Pavlova Paradise written by now British M.P. Austin Mitchell that celebrated New Zealand as heaven on earth.

My work hints that now, like everywhere else, there is trouble in Paradise.

Urban sprawl resulting from the Kiwi Dream of a weather-board clad house on a quarter-acre section is spilling over our hills and along our coasts.

The loss of productive land, traffic congestion, pollution are associated with the degradation of once pristine environments.

The lone, red painted, weatherboard figure of Quarter-acre Weather-board Paradise symbolises the process whereby man ceases to be part of the environment, but becomes the environment.

 

This entry was posted in Environment, Exhibition, Sculpture.

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