Art break­ing down walls

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature | Fieldays 2017 -

SE­LECTED WORKS from the 2017 Fiel­d­ays No.8 Wire Na­tional Art Award will be on show at Fiel­d­ays, in­clud­ing the over­all win­ning piece by artist Jill God­win.

Her en­try, The No.8 Wire Let­ter­ing Sys­tem: Fences vs Walls, was the best from the competition that chal­lenges artists to forge No.8 wire and other agri­cul­tural prod­ucts into sculp­tural art­works. It was one of 28 fi­nal­ists in the run­ning for the ma­jor prize of $7000, with the judge, art aca­demic and sculp­ture ex­pert Dr Robin Wood­ward, prais­ing God­win’s “down-to-earth Kiwi-ness”.

“It tells the world where New Zealan­ders stand and what we are all about as a so­ci­ety,” says Dr Wood­ward. “We need No.8 wire for all sorts of things, not least of all in a fence. But in New Zealand we don’t need a wall.”

Gaye Jurisich from Hamil­ton was the run­ner-up for her sculp­ture For Suzette, while Wark­worth-based John Mul­hol­land placed third for his work It’s a bloody life­saver.

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