Sculp­tures trans­form Wyn­yard Quar­ter

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

As Wyn­yard Quar­ter pre­pares to trans­form into a tem­po­rary pub­lic sculp­ture park, Auck­land sculp­tors are tak­ing the chance to blow off the dust from their best ex­ist­ing work.

Hills­bor­ough artist Marte Szir­may will show her sculp­ture Jolt in Silo Park for the Sum­mer of Sculp­ture in­stal­la­tion coming to the waterfront space from Fe­bru­ary 1.

The sculp­ture is part of a se­ries of four pieces which were in­spired by the Christchurch earth­quakes.

The free six-week ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture the most pres­ti­gious and recog­nis­able works of more than 20 crit­i­cally-ac­claimed Auck­land sculp­tors.

It is the brain­child of the Out­door Sculp­ture In­cor­po­rated So­ci­ety 2001 and is be­ing driven by the artists them­selves.

‘‘New isn’t al­ways best. Some lovely works are wait­ing in stu­dios for a buyer that you see once and never again,’’ Ms Szir­may says.

‘‘Un­less you cre­ate new works for ex­hi­bi­tions like Head­land on Wai­heke there’s no pub­lic ac­knowl­edg­ment that sculp­ture ex­ists and is very healthy.’’

Ms Szir­may has been sculpt­ing for more than 40 years. There still needs to be more ac­knowl­edg­ment of the role art can play in pub­lic spa­ces, she says.

‘‘I think the pub­lic really likes th­ese kinds of sur­prises when they go on a stroll through the city. For the most part peo­ple know ex­actly what they’re go­ing to find around the cor­ner be­cause there’s no flex­i­bil­ity.’’

Fel­low sculp­tor Jim Wheeler would like to see the waterfront space wel­come more tem­po­rary art ex­hi­bi­tions.

‘‘We want Wyn­yard Quar­ter to re­main a pub­lic space. Any­one that looks at the city is jeal­ous of Welling­ton be­cause they really use their har­bour,’’ Mr Wheeler says.

The One­hunga artist says Auck­land’s waterfront is call­ing out for more in­stal­la­tions.

Mr Wheeler’s work Ex­otic Na­tive – Im­mi­grant’s Por­trait has been plucked from a garden tree to be in­stalled on a lamp­post.

The in­stal­la­tion is a good ex­am­ple of how art can be in­cor­po­rated within ur­ban land­scapes, he says.

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Tem­po­rary art: Sum­mer of Sculp­ture artist Marte Szir­may would like to see Wyn­yard Quar­ter em­brace more tem­po­rary art in­stal­la­tions.

Ex­otic na­tive: One­hunga sculp­tor Jim Wheeler’s work Ex­otic Na­tive – Im­mi­grant’s Por­trait has been plucked from a garden tree to be in­stalled on a lamp­post along the waterfront.

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