Draw­ing new lines

A new art in­stal­la­tion at Bran­cott Es­tate rises el­e­gantly from the Marl­bor­ough vine­yard.

HOME Magazine NZ - - Contents - Bran­cott Es­tate 180 Bran­cott Road, Fairhall, Marl­bor­ough bran­cottes­tate.com Pho­tog­ra­phy David Straight

A Marl­bor­ough win­ery sits sculp­ture in the vines

“I don’t know why, but I in­sisted that it would go from flat to stand­ing,” says New York-based de­signer Dror Ben­shetrit of his re­cently un­veiled in­stal­la­tion at Bran­cott Es­tate. “I ac­tu­ally wanted it to per­form.” The re­sult of a four-year col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bran­cott wine­maker Patrick Mater­man, ‘Un­der/stand­ing’ is a com­plex ge­om­e­try of squares. The piece sits lightly on four points, its squares and an­gles self-sup­port­ing but in­ter­lock­ing. How did the place in­flu­ence the project? DROR BEN­SHETRIT The two things about the place that were re­ally fas­ci­nat­ing for me is this al­ter­ation of na­ture, of raw na­ture into rows of na­ture – and the ef­fect that you have when you drive by. You get this rhythm and move­ment of di­rec­tion. How did you bring that to life? When the piece is com­pletely on the ground, it’s just in­ter­lock­ing squares. When it comes up, all the squares be­come tri­an­gu­la­tions. When you look through the rows from one di­rec­tion, the piece ap­pears very flat, but when you start mov­ing you get this ‘flex­ity’ and it kind of opens up. Was that dif­fi­cult? It was. For a lit­tle while it was a bit ex­haust­ing, be­cause you have this idea in mind but how do you ac­tu­ally un­fold it? It’s tough – made from Corten – but del­i­cate. Ex­actly. Of course we thought about wood and con­crete and paint. But Corten is a nat­u­ral choice be­cause it doesn’t re­quire any treat­ment. I wanted it to feel like it’s grow­ing from the ground – the four points are pretty much cor­re­spond­ing to the row of the sur­round­ing grapes.

Above Bran­cott Es­tate re­cently un­veiled ‘Un­der/ stand­ing’, an in­stal­la­tion by New York de­signer Dror Ben­shetrit.

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