Big sculptures to capture garden fans
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.