Big sculp­tures to cap­ture gar­den fans

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By SARAH COD­DING­TON

Sculp­tor James Wright is pay­ing tribute to an ur­ban sanc­tu­ary he loves.

His art­work Tree Man stands proudly among the beau­ti­ful land­scape of Auck­land Botanic Gar­dens.

It is one of 23 large-scale sculp­tures on show for the three-month out­door Sculp­ture in the Gar­dens ex­hi­bi­tion.

The fourth bi­en­nial ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Fe­bru­ary 16.

Tree Man, made from corten steel, stands tall with his arms reach­ing to­wards the sky. Cop­per-coloured branches twist around him and ex­pand into a tree-like shape.

The Cleve­don Val­ley artist says the piece rep­re­sents re­spect for the peo­ple who care for the botanic gar­dens.

‘‘It shows a sense of be­long­ing to the land and how the per­son who cares for the land be­comes so con­nected to the gar­den.’’

Sculp­ture in the Gar­dens takes vis­i­tors on a 2km self­guided walk among wacky and won­der­ful sculp­tures. Cas­tle pieces, a rab­bit with a crab and a wo­ven play­house are just some of the ex­hibits they will meet along the way.

Vis­i­tor ser­vice man­ager Miche­line New­ton says the ex­hi­bi­tion is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for the artists to have their work on dis­play for a long pe­riod.

Vis­i­tors can vote on their favourite sculp­ture for the peo­ple’s choice award with the win­ning artist re­ceiv­ing $5000.

The last ex­hi­bi­tion, held dur­ing the Rugby World Cup, at­tracted 410,000 peo­ple. This time around the gar­dens hope to get more than 341,000 vis­i­tors.


Na­ture’s best: James Wright with Tree Man.


Fly­ing by: Jane Down’s seven fern and feather para­sols line the trees.


Di­rec­tions please: Jamie Pick­er­nall’s Oh Crabby I do be­lieve we are rather lost is a hit with the chil­dren vis­it­ing the Auck­land Botanic Gar­dens.

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