Air­ship in the gar­den

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The lat­est Con­cept Gar­den is set to open on Thurs­day at the Hamil­ton Gar­dens, with a spe­cial new piece of gar­den­ing equip­ment — an over­sized steam­punk air­ship named Hud­dle­ston.

De­signed to glide silently through the night de­liv­er­ing plants and prun­ing hard-tore­ach hedges for the gar­den­ing team, the Hud­dle­ston is chock-full of in­dus­trial gad­gets and a me­chan­i­cal steam en­gine.

In­spired by a time when steam power ruled the world, the sculp­tural air­ship can be spot­ted teth­ered be­side the new Con­cept Gar­den.

The air­ship ar­rives from a time when steam power ruled the world and can be spot­ted hov­er­ing be­side the Con­cept Gar­den in Braith­waite Court.

It has been spon­sored by the Braith­waite fam­ily with sub­stan­tial sup­port from Lloyd Brown­lie and Bryce Weal.

The Braith­waite fam­ily have had a long in­volve­ment with Hamil­ton Gar­dens.

For­mer may­oress and deputy mayor Kath­leen Braith­waite spon­sored the English Flower Gar­den. Her hus­band, Ron Braith­waite, was mayor of Hamil­ton. Her daugh­ter, Mar­jorie Dyer, was a long-time mem­ber and president of the Friends of Hamil­ton Gar­dens.

Her son, for­mer mayor David Braith­waite spon­sored this Hud­dle­ston ma­chine.

The Braith­waite Court recog­nises the fam­ily’s in­volve­ment.

An im­pos­ing yel­low wardrobe guards the en­trance to the Con­cept Gar­den. As vis­i­tors near, the wardrobe doors slowly open to re­veal the river­side gar­den be­yond.

The gar­den forms part of the Fan­tasy Col­lec­tion and is a mod­ern rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Gar­dens’ in­ter­na­tion­ally unique con­cept of telling the Story of Gar­dens through time, and across dif­fer­ent civil­i­sa­tions. This par­tic­u­lar con­cept gar­den has been in­spired by two Ma¯ori whakatauk¯ı and map leg­ends.

Whakatauk¯ı are tra­di­tional Ma¯ori proverbs which of­ten func­tion as ref­er­ence points in speeches. Th­ese proverbs may also present his­tor­i­cal events through a Ma¯ ori world view that com­mu­ni­cates an un­der­ly­ing mes­sage or idea.

The whakatauk¯ı in­scribed on the white wall is: He peke tan­gata, apa he peke titoki’, which means ‘The hu­man fam­ily lives on while the branch of the titoki falls and de­cays.’

Also in the Gar­dens is a piece of ab­stract ex­pres­sion­ist art­work to con­trast the rigid form of the Con­cept Gar­den, pro­vided by professional English artist Michael White who trav­els around the world of­ten paint­ing in trop­i­cal ex­otic lo­ca­tions.

The paint­ing is called The artist furtively hunt­ing vol­canic Taupo¯ trout, under a glo­ri­ously fishy sky.

His work has been dis­played in gal­leries around the world, in­clud­ing the Bri­tish Royal Academy. When Gar­dens di­rec­tor Dr Sergel first made contact with the artist in Eng­land about the pos­si­bil­ity of us­ing his work, he was sur­prised to find the artist was al­ready a big fan of Hamil­ton Gar­dens and he was enthusiastic to have his work dis­played there.

Photo / Hamil­ton Gar­dens

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the en­trance to the new Hamil­ton Con­cept Gar­den, which in­cludes Hud­dle­ston, the air­ship, and a yel­low wardrobe en­trance.

Photo / Supplied

English artist Michael White who do­nated an ab­stract paint­ing to the new gar­den.

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