Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

Trapped II by Donna and Colwyn Hanson (left) and Quarter-acre Weatherboard Paradise by Richard Wedekind

During our few months in New Zealand we have discovered a national fondness for sculptures and sculpture parks. Perhaps because it is easier to share your choice of art if it’s on show in your garden or park. And New Zealand is a country that embraces the outdoors!

Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

So the other day I took the ferry to Devonport, a speedy 20 minute ride across the sea, to visit the 10th NZ Sculpture Onshore exhibition at the Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve site.

Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

NZ Sculpture OnShore is a biennial exhibition of contemporary New Zealand sculptural work. The event raises funds to support NZ Women’s Refuges. Since 1995 ten outdoor sculpture exhibitions have been held and over $1.34 million has been raised for NZ Women’s Refuges.

 

Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve’s commanding position at the head of the Rangitoto Channel in the Hauraki Gulf has made it an important lookout and defence site for hundreds of years, first for early Maori inhabitants and later for European settlers.

Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

Humpback Whale by Jack Marsden Mayer

Worthy winner of the Fisher Fund’s People’s Choice awards was the striking piece made from driftwood by Jack Marsden Mayer.

Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

Tree of Golden Pods by Karen Walker

I arrived just in time to have an hour’s guided tour which gave the few of us in the group a good overview of what there was to see.

Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

The scene was set so I set off to explore and take lots of photos, like this gentleman.

There were many moods, so let’s start with cheerful – indeed joyful
(click on photos for details).

 Thoughtful and provocative

Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

Feed the Kids Too by Bernie Harfleet. 6000 empty lunch boxes representative of the school children who go to school hungry.

Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

Feed the Kids Too. Buy a lunch box for $20.

 Birds, beasts and animals

Humanity, which includes some great art by school children who have their own show. There is a good documentary about the Children’s Sculpture Exhibition.

Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

Inside the Officers’ Mess there was a great display of smaller works

Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

Layered desk by Carrick Hill

Time to relax before leaving for home…

Takapuna Sculpture OnshoreThere was a lot of very good art on show. Most of the works were on sale and I congratulate the organisers, NZ Sculpture Onshore, for such an enjoyable event, for such good causes.

2 thoughts on “Takapuna Sculpture Onshore

  1. Thanks for this great post about NZSoS. As one of the organisers, it’s lovely to see people enjoying the event and sharing their stories and photos. Cheers, Su.

    • It was a pleasure, Su! There was a lot of very good art on show, all for a good cause. I congratulate all the organisers, and the artists of course.

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