Purple sculpture reaches for sky in Roys Bay
Reach was unveiled in Wanaka in 2008 at the town end of the Millennium Track to Waterfall Creek.
The arrow-like, swooping steel poles that cut across the horizon were commissioned by the Aspiring Arts and Culture Trust and cost $10,000.
Reach sits at the heart of a multi-sporters meeting point close to the spot where the Wanaka Watersports Facility Trust wants to build a boat shed.
Its official name and artistic purpose has proved elusive.
The Wanaka Lake Swimmers club advertises the meeting point as The Purple Sculpture.
Christchurch artist Graham Bennett was born in Nelson and graduated from the University of Cantebury’s School of Fine Arts.
He continues to produce outdoor art for public and private collections, has exhibited widely and received numerous awards and commissions.
Two of his high profile public sculptures are in Christchurch – the seven pillar Reasons for Voyaging and Tribute to Firefighters, created from steel girders from the World Trade Centre ruins in New York.
Bennett has described his body of works as ‘‘a convoluted journey of tangents and overlays, providing opportunities to trigger questions . . . perhaps to challenge what balance means in our life, actions and relationships’’.
Reach, a sculpture by Graham Bennett, is also known as The Purple Sculpture