Lawn art link to Germany
Lawn artist Ralf Witthaus is busy turning a part of the Auckland Botanic Gardens into his very own slice of Germany as part of his latest global project The International Lawn Show.
He's known for turning large green spaces into pieces of living art.
Now he and his team of eight line-cutting assistants have devoted 800 man hours to unveil The Borehole to New Zealand, a scale impression of a 500-year-old family farm in Lohne, Germany.
The project spans the globe by way of two simultaneous lawn art installations - one taking place at the Botanic Gardens while a mirror image is constructed in Germany.
As visitors step into the Botanic Gardens cutting zone Mr Witthaus informs them they're "entering Germany".
"The farm was quite small but then I saw the satellite photos and thought ‘what about taking this whole farm, the buildings and the home and drawing a circle around it?
"This farm has 25 generations of history, wouldn't that be unbelievable?"
Before the first cut, the team spent 160 hours man hours getting the measurements right to fit inside a 100 metre diameter.
"People are coming to us scratching their heads and when we tell them what we're doing they say ‘I want to work with you'."
With up to 14 volunteers joining them each day Mr Witthaus says it's been the perfect example of interactive art.
Visitor services manager Micheline Newton says the project has been a success, with visitors interacting with the team.
A small exhibition of Mr Witthaus' grassy explorations is also giving people a chance to see more of his work.
Visitors can check out The Borehole to New Zealand lawn installation until October 29 before it's mowed over and returned to grass.
And if anyone is interested in seeing more of the farm, Mr Witthaus says the German owners have extended an open invitation to all New Zealanders interested in his work.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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