Waiheke Marketplace : February 2nd 2011
9 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, FEBRUARY 2, 2011 NEWS Carpet: Jeff Thomson's work is created from sliced and woven corrugated iron. Dear Liza: This work by Grant Palliser is made from ready-made recycled buckets with holes in them. The Tangler's Cave: Waiheke artist Denis O'Connor continues his Tangler series with a piece inspired by Irish horse market tanglers who step in to sort out negotiations when things go awry. His thought-provoking work won Denis the coveted Lexus headland Premier Award of $30,000, announced at the headland gala opening attended by Prime Minister John Key. Link to Liberty: Marcel Grosse's exhibit is a solar powered boat which rows itself ashore. Lego Game: A five-year-old reflects on the sculpture by 11-year-old Timothy Sang inspired by Lego pieces. Exploring the headland sculptures Lyndal Jefferies takes a walk and reflects on the biennial headland -- Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition. Despite bad weather which saw artists installing works in high wind and heavy rain, the headland -- Sculpture on the Gulf outdoor sculpture walk opened to the public on Friday. From the giant Lego Game created by 11-year-old Tim- othy Sang to the finely carved Waiheke Anchor Stone by Chris Bailey, the exhibition offers a diverse range of artis- tic approaches. This year's exhibition features works from 39 from 44 artists -- more than any of its predecessors. More than ever, artists have chosen to use recycled materials, found objects and solar power reflecting the economic climate as well as environmental concerns. Many works are light- hearted and uncomplicated in their approach such as Dun- can Sargent's High Chair, lit- erally a chair up high. That direct approach is also reflected in French Knit- ting by Mia Hamilton, which is indeed French knitting, albeit a very large and long cable knitted from recycled plastic that comes from a recycled cable reel. Grant Palliser's tower adds to the fun. It is titled Dear Liza There's a Hole in my Bucket and is created from recycled buckets with holes in them. Some works resonate more deeply and make direct refer- ence to Waiheke's history. Ti Kouka/Cabbage Tree by AD Schierning takes an in- situ cabbage tree and places a white picket fence around it. The work reflects upon the unmarked graves on the Matiatia foreshore and makes reference to a tra- dition that cabbage trees were planted at places of remembrance, either of birth or death because of their lon- gevity. Virginia King, queen of the suspended sculpture, has created a stunning work which is suspended in thin air off the side of the cliff. Lookout/Pacific Radio- larian makes reference to marine protozoa that pro- duce beautiful and complex exoskeletons'', Ms King says. Taking the cake for inter- active works is Lgop Co-op with FREE Air -- a cliff-based pump activating an offshore sculpture created from recycled materials and state- of-the-art technology. When activated by the viewer a giant yellow tube rises to the surface, bubbling and thrashing about. Co-creator Suza Lawrence says the installation was really challenging''. After a relatively smooth drop-off from a barge, the piece was damaged by three days of stormy seas. Site-specific works which utilise multiple elements abound, with Marcus Tatton creating a twisting wall created from firewood, Jeff Thompson creating a carpet from corrugated iron, and Judy Darragh and Rachel Shearer using thousands of drinking straws to create an installation titled Data. Diane Atkinson's Abun- dance of Riches is a collection of bird houses, each labelled for a rare and endangered New Zealand wetland bird. The walkway begins on Nick Johnstone Drive, Church Bay or you can walk from Matiatia Bay. Visitors should wear sturdy footwear as the track is steep and can be slippery after rain. Keep children in hand and don't let them run ahead as there are many unguarded cliff edges. Take water, wear a big hat and slap on the sun block or take one of Kazu Nakagawa's shady umbrellas along for the walk. The exhibition is open from 9am to 3pm daily, and 9am to 6pm at weekends, until February 20, 2011. Entry is by donation.
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