Pur­ple sculp­ture reaches for sky in Roys Bay

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - MAR­JORIE COOK

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’’.

MAR­JORIE COOK

Reach, a sculp­ture by Gra­ham Ben­nett, is also known as The Pur­ple Sculp­ture

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