Sculp­tureum en­rich­ing lives

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Gi­ant pink snails by the Crack­ing Art group are a fun and un­for­get­table sight at the re­cently opened Sculp­tureum in Matakana. Good paid a visit to see what all the fuss was about and loved what we saw and learned. Its pur­pose is not just to de­light but also to inspire. There are more than 150 ex­hibits and 400 works on dis­play and the gar­dens are de­signed to in­tel­lec­tu­ally stim­u­late – there’s even a gar­den filled with in­spi­ra­tional quotes.

Amidst the art­works (col­lected by own­ers An­thony and San­dra Grant over more than a decade) there are also birds and bun­nies – liv­ing sculp­tures.

The ex­pe­ri­ence cer­tainly turns the tra­di­tional gallery visit on its head. An­thony Grant asks the ques­tion “what is art?”, and en­cour­ages vis­i­tors to ig­nore crit­ics’ and cu­ra­tors’ def­i­ni­tions of what is “good art” and have the courage to let their in­stincts de­ter­mine what they like. It makes you think.

If all that think­ing makes you hun­gry you can dine at the Sculp­tureum’s on-site restau­rant Rothko with its sea­son­ally fo­cused menu cel­e­brat­ing lo­cal pro­duc­ers.

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