Kate van der Drift — Wa­ter Slows as It Rounds the Bend

San­der­son Con­tem­po­rary Art Gallery

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Wa­ter Slows as It Rounds the Bend is part of Kate van der Drift’s on­go­ing project in­ves­ti­gat­ing the frag­ile ecol­ogy and lay­ered past of the Hau­raki Plains. The flood­wa­ter of the present day plains is tightly con­trolled by drains, canals, pump houses, and stop­banks, en­sur­ing that what was once wa­ter re­mains solid ground to­day. Few clues re­main of the an­cient fer­tile wet­land, yet con­cealed in its cen­ter of the grid­ded farm­land lays Kop­u­atai Peat Dome, the largest un­al­tered res­tiad peat bog in New Zealand, and unique glob­ally. By travers­ing the wet­land by foot and kayak, van der Drift pictures ar­eas once full of gi­ant Kahikatea trees that have been crowded out by wil­low.

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