Lake guardian at hole No.5


Hair stream­ing in the wind, she stands up­right over­look­ing Lake Wakatipu from the pic­turesque 5th hole at Queen­stown Golf Club, on the Kelvin Heights penin­sula.

The Mark Hill sculp­ture Wakatipu Kuikui, is one of four along the walk­ing track around the golf course.

The work was com­mis­sioned by the Hens­man fam­ily in mem­ory of their late fa­ther Hyl­ton, one of the founders of the golf club, a past pres­i­dent and club cham­pion.

El­dest son Phillip said when com­mis­sion­ing the work he sim­ply asked Hill to come up with some­thing suit­able for the spec­tac­u­lar spot and was pleased with the re­sult.

‘‘That fig­ure is look­ing into the dis­tance, not just ge­o­graph­i­cally but look­ing into the future. That’s what it rep­re­sents to me, look­ing be­yond the hori­zon, and that’s what Hyl­ton did.’’

For Hill the con­cept was to cap­ture the feel­ing of the lake he ex­pe­ri­enced as a wind­surfer and on boats.

The woman is a guardian fig­ure - her hair is windswept, her body is worn and she stands stoic, over­look­ing the lake.


The Mark Hill sculp­ture Wakatipu Kuikui on Queen­stown Golf Course.

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