Sculptor drops anchor in Silo
After carving out an impressive portfolio of work across New Zealand sculptor, Charlotte Fisher is returning to her waterfront roots and dropping anchor in Silo Park.
The Westmere artist’s concrete work Bearing is set to be installed in the waterfront space as Wynyard Quarter is transformed into a temporary public sculpture park for the Summer of Sculpture installation.
The free six-week exhibition will feature the most prestigious and recognisable works of 22 critically acclaimed Auckland sculptors.
Ms Fisher has a long association with the Auckland waterfront.
‘‘It is a homecoming sorts,’’ she says.
As a student from the Elam School of Fine Arts the young artist would fish out sculpture materials from the Auckland Harbour Boards’ works depot and worked from a studio in the board’s workshop building during the 1990s.
Her concrete work was originally produced to sit on the cliffs of Matiatia Bay on Waiheke Island as one of five elements in an installation called The Sea Around Us.
In its new site, the work pays homage to the silos that
of previously held the cement that it is made of.
Several of Ms Fisher’s works have been installed across Auckland over the past 20 years, including the Auckland Domain and the University of Auckland’s Tamaki campus.
But it is the waterfront space where she feels most at home.
‘‘I think people can use the space as a place of solace. It can feel like you’re the only one in that place looking out to sea and watching the mood of the weather.
‘‘It’s like a church in a way – a place of contemplation.’’
The installation is the brainchild of the Outdoor Sculpture Incorporated Society 2001 and is being driven by the artists themselves.
Co-chairman Richard Mathieson says the installa- tion offers the public the opportunity to engage and learn more about Auckland’s best sculptors.
The outdoor installations will be in place in Wynyard Quarter from February 1 to March 14.
Artists will host sculpture walks each Sunday over the six weeks from February 10 meeting at Silo 6 at 3pm.
For three weeks sculptures will also be displayed inside Silo 6 which will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm each day.
Homecoming: Sculptor Charlotte Fisher’s concrete work Bearing will feature in the Summer of Sculpture installation in Wynyard Quarter from February 1 to March 14.