Sculp­tor drops an­chor in Silo

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

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.

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