Skinny dip­per causes stir

Taranaki Daily News - - National News - Juliet McGhie

North Auck­land res­i­dents are de­scrib­ing a new sculp­ture of a fig­ure do­ing a hand­stand as ‘‘dif­fer­ent, weird and un­usual’’, with one liken­ing it to a roast chicken.

Called Skinny Dip­ping, the brass sculp­ture hand­stands out­side the Es­tu­ary Arts Cen­tre in Orewa, with man­ager Kim Boyd say­ing the art­work, in­spired by Span­ish artist Miro, has been gen­er­at­ing a lot of dis­cus­sion.

The artist who cre­ated the work, Philipp Ripa, was happy to have pushed bound­aries to get peo­ple talk­ing: ‘‘If some­thing is nice and pretty, no-one will talk about it.’’

Ripa said he wanted to show what re­al­ity is. ‘‘Peo­ple don’t have to hide be­hind clothes and cur­tains. They can show what they re­ally are.

‘‘I work in de­sign and peo­ple use Pho­to­shop to hide things and make them­selves look pretty.

‘‘But you can’t Pho­to­shop your life away,’’ Ripa said.

Out of a group of six Orewa lo­cals, five didn’t like it and de­scribed it as ‘‘dif­fer­ent, weird and un­usual’’. How­ever, one of the group, Abo, who didn’t want to give a sur­name, said he liked bold art, and found it ap­peal­ing.

He­len, from Orewa, said she didn’t like it ‘‘for ob­vi­ous’’ rea­sons and pre­ferred a mo­saic chair near it bet­ter.

Fel­low Orewa res­i­dent, Sue, thought it looked like a roast chicken.

How­ever, a fun poll on Neigh­bourly found, of 109 vot­ers, 61 per cent thought it was ‘‘art’’ and only 16 per cent found it of­fen­sive, with the re­main­der sit­ting on the fence.

Corinne Kirkham from Manly com­mented: ‘‘It’s won­der­ful! Cre­ative and hu­mor­ous. Very tal­ented artist.’’

Nikki Slo­comber from Orewa liked it and thought it was ‘‘quirky’’, while Linda Clune, from Glen Innes posted: ‘‘Love it. Would love one at the drive­way en­trance of my home.’’

Sue El­liot from Orewa, looked at it cre­atively, post­ing: ‘‘It’s all about be­ing flex­i­ble and some­where to park the bi­cy­cle.’’

Martin van lersel from Stan­more Bay said: ‘‘Glad I don’t have to see that ev­ery day as it’s just weird.’’

Trav­ellers ques­tioned by Stuff, gen­er­ally liked the work.

Trav­el­ling from west Aus­tralia, Kim said she ‘‘loved it’’. ‘‘It’s gor­geous, clever and volup­tuous, and def­i­nitely my re­al­ity.’’

Mar­cus from Los An­ge­les said he liked it and found it in­ter­est­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing.

Though some have said the statue is Bud­dha-like, Auck­land Bud­dhist Cen­tre man­ager Karuna­joti said she didn’t think the sculp­ture was a Bud­dhist rep­re­sen­ta­tion and if it was sup­posed to be, it wasn’t ac­cu­rate.

JULIET MCGHIE/STUFF

This sculp­ture, called Skinny Dip­ping, Orewa, is caus­ing a stir. out­side the Es­tu­ary Arts Cen­tre in

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