An artist needs his space


Af­ter two decades in the bu­colic wilder­ness, aka Zealan­dia Sculp­ture Gar­den at Puhoi , world-ac­claimed sculp­tor Terry Stringer has packed his works and moved back to the city. He’s mi­grat­ing from seven hectares in the coun­try to an ur­ban com­mer­cial space over­look­ing Basque Park in Eden Ter­race. “Liv­ing in the coun­try has been de­light­ful and it’s al­lowed me to spend a lot of time in the stu­dio with­out city dis­trac­tions, but lately I’ve been miss­ing those dis­trac­tions. I like see­ing what other artists are do­ing and go­ing to per­for­mances. When you live an hour away, you have to pick and choose what you at­tend or you’d spend your life driv­ing. It’s a good time to shift.” Terry is known for works that are loaded with rid­dles, com­plex­ity and sto­ries. The hu­man form is a start­ing point for many of his sculp­tures and view­ers are re­warded with sur­prises as they in­ves­ti­gate. “I’ve been ex­plor­ing the same idea all my work­ing life. Typ­i­cally you get a face on one side and maybe a fig­ure on the other. And you can only see one side of a sculp­ture at a time. It’s a se­quence of things that you see when you’re with the sculp­ture and it of­ten tells a story. For Paula’s photo shoot we fea­tured the piece that I call ‘ We Are Shaped By Our

There’s a young per­son on one side, the face of a grown per­son on the other and hands that are shap­ing the piece. It says that how you are treated as a child has a big part to play in your life.” Terry’s new ad­dress will in­clude an ur­ban ex­pe­ri­ence that dis­plays his artis­tic jour­ney to date. When it’s com­plete, vis­i­tors will be able to view the gallery by ap­point­ment. “At Zealan­dia in Puhoi, vis­i­tors had the op­por­tu­nity to see my work in con­text. I want to con­tinue this op­por­tu­nity at the new space. It will of­fer con­text, con­ti­nu­ity and im­mer­sion.” Vastly dif­fer­ent to the ec­cen­tric Pip Cheshire cre­ation at Puhoi, Terry’s new space is a 1980s struc­ture with a black glass façade. As­sisted by his part­ner Tim, Terry is cur­rently work­ing with ar­chi­tect Mal­colm Walker to rein­ter­pret the build­ing. “It’s a big, high build­ing with an of­fice at the front and a large ware­house at the back. We’ll change the of­fice to a liv­ing space, then trans­form the ware­house into a stu­dio and gallery space.” Terry’s gallery con­cept, which will take an en­tirely new form in Eden Ter­race, was in­spired by the Bar­bara Hep­worth Mu­seum and Sculp­ture Gar­den in St Ives. “You can walk through where she worked and lived, then out into a lit­tle gar­den that she de­signed. It’s an in­tense feel­ing of her life and work. I don’t think you have to wait un­til you die to of­fer this kind of ex­pe­ri­ence.” The new gallery will also be called Zealan­dia, con­tin­u­ing the brand that Terry cre­ated at his Puhoi es­tate. “Not many peo­ple know this, but Zealan­dia is the Euro­pean per­son­i­fi­ca­tion of New Zealand that you see on the New Zealand coat of arms. She’s the New Zealand equiv­a­lent of Bri­tan­nia. As a Euro­pean who trans­planted to New Zealand, I feel an affin­ity with Zealan­dia.” www.zealan­di­as­culp­ture­gar­

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