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Alex Stone: Crouch, Touch, Pause - Sculpture that Engages

Alex Stone: Crouch, Touch, Pause - Sculpture that Engages

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  • Tue 27 Sep ’11, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 28 Sep ’11, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 29 Sep ’11, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 30 Sep ’11, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 1 Oct ’11, 9:00am – 5:00pm
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Kaipara Coast Plants & Sculpture Gardens, 1481 Kaipara Coast Highway, Kaukapakapa


All Ages

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  • Adult: $10.00
  • Child 5 to 13 : $5.00
  • Child under 5: $0.00

Crouch, Touch, Pause…Sculpture that engages with a mighty shove factor.

Auckland artist Alex Stone has a topical take on the mythology of manhood, and the mad passion that is about to envelope New Zealand, with his new sculpture Form 1 on display in an exhibition of 60 sculptures at Kaipara Coast sculpture Gardens.

Based on a familiar form of the scrum machine, “They speak redolently of mystery, of inexplicable usage – they hint at medieval torture instruments, road-building from the eons before roads, or siege machines. They sit silently at the corners of so many paddocks, and are the enduring take-home mystery for the observant cultural tourist to these isles. ”Stone’s playful aesthetic has another aspect to it, with the scrum machine form meshing with symbols of NZ‘s rural landscape, and our perceived economic cash cows."

The result is a real-world sculpture, not afraid of being handled – in fact Forms 1 & 2 positively invites audience interaction. Come try pushing me, they say. Arts patrons at the opening of the Kaipara exhibition were seen to respond to the challenge, and get downright physical. They had no show of moving Form 1, a Herculean task for ordinary humans as it is actually twice the size and many times the weight of the usual scrum machine.

This is Stone’s way of pointing to our national heritage of imposing giant status on our sports heroes, and of elevating them to superhuman expectations. “And we all know where that can lead”, says Stone “so you could say these monumental works are also about human frailty.”

A multi-dimensional artist, Stone has a MA in Art & Design from AUT, and is otherwise known as a painter (he has exhibited his lyrical abstract works widely around New Zealand), performance poet, newspaper columnist and writer.

Set against the backdrop of the Kaipara Harbour you can view Alex's work along with 60 other inspiring sculptural works as you walk the winding one kilometre trail through a secluded valley containing a slice of almost every type of iconic New Zealand landscape: manicured lawns, citrus orchards, grassy slopes, regenerating bush, old farm fences, pine forest, potagers, and ponds. Sculptural works made from wood, stone, recycled materials, clay, steel and plastic by contemporary New Zealand artists have been selected and developed for each context to make mini-galleries within the valley.

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