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Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens Exhibition

Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens Exhibition

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  • Sun 15 Sep ’13, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 16 Sep ’13, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 17 Sep ’13, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 18 Sep ’13, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 19 Sep ’13, 9:00am
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Kaipara Coast Plants & Sculpture Gardens, 1481 Kaipara Coast Highway, Kaukapakapa


All Ages


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Exhibition 2013 at Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens features 56 new works by emerging New Zealand artists who are passionate about expressing their ideas through sculpture.

Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens features sculptures displayed in a stunning garden setting against a backdrop of the Kaipara harbour. A visit at any time of the year is an ideal, relaxing and inspirational activity to enjoy with family and friends.

The selected contemporary sculptures, created by established and emerging New Zealand artists are set along the one kilometre trail that winds 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.

Static, kinetic, sound and installation sculptures made from wood, metal, plastic, ceramic, stone and glass have been selected for each context making mini-galleries within the valley. Works are revealed as the path twists and turns, sculptures are seen from vantage points where picnic spots and seating invite visitors to rest and contemplate the art.

The exhibition this year is focussing on issues that relate, reflect and explore the natural beauty of this region of Auckland, the Kaipara Harbour, the flora and fauna, threats to the environment, the history of the land, colonisation and socio-political issues.

Artists featured in the new exhibition include Andrew Hall, Bev Goodwin, Carol Green, Cherrie James, Clovis Viscoe, Darryl Fagence, Jin Ling, John Botica, Margaret Sumich, Maurice van Cooten, Niko Thomsen, Paul Beaurepaire, Phil Bonham, Ramon Robertson, Sally Lush and Stefan Gerstmann amongst others.

Carol Green’s work Kaipara Panorama talks about historical, cultural, political and environmental stories of the Kaipara.

The work consists of 10 large-scale outdoor panels arranged in an outdoor gallery setting; the larger ones are 2.8m high and 1.2m wide and are printed with images that depict places of local significance, including the Auckland to Helensville train, the disappeared kauri forests, sand mining, the river and the perilously leaning Kaukapakapa slaughterhouse.

Ramon Robertson’s sculpture, The Weathermen is an investigation into the preoccupation and obsession with the climate and how our actions and thoughts are affected accordingly. Our gathering of information is spread over television, newspapers, internet and more often than not, conversation. It is a frequent social occurrence to discuss the weather and yet it is something unpredictable and uncontainable. Ramon’s figures with strange weather forecasting instruments attached will be studying the physical, natural and atmospheric environment for clues on what is happening with the weather.

This new exhibition opened on Saturday 1 December 2012 and will be on show for 11 months, until October 2013, providing the opportunity for return visits to view the sculptures as the seasons change. Sculpture Gardens open everyday except Christmas Day and Anzac Morning from 9am to 5pm, last admission at 4pm.

Allow an hour at least to view all the sculptures.

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