Dramatic sculpture walk

GILL ALCOCK
Last updated 08:34 09/01/2013
Sculpture - Beyone good and evil
WALKWAY FEATURE: Beyond Good and Evil by Konstantin Dimopoulos is one of the sculptures in this year’s event.
Sculpture Track
SCENIC WALKWAY: The track above Matiatia Bay Waiheke Island is used to locate the 30 sculptures for the headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition.

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New Zealand's premier outdoor sculpture exhibition takes place along the beautiful walkway above Matiatia on Waiheke Island from January 25 to February 17.

Thirty large-scale site specific sculptures created by both established and emerging artists will be exhibited along the 2.5km walkway.

The works have been chosen from more than 100 submissions by a panel of selectors chaired by John Gow, a co-founder of Sculpture on the Gulf and Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Sue Gardiner of the Chartwell Trust and Lara Strongman, an independent curator from Christchurch.

The judge for the awards, who will work independently of the selectors, is Rhana Davenport, director of the Govett Brewster Gallery in New Plymouth.

This will be the sixth headland Sculpture on the Gulf. The biennial event was initiated in 2003 by the Waiheke Community Art Gallery to enable visitors to experience sculpture outside the confines of a gallery. Artists are encouraged to create their pieces to suit a specific location along the walkway. The outdoor sites allow them to think outside the square in both size and material used.

The inaugural event in 2003 attracted 12,000 visitors. The numbers have grown reaching more than 33,000 in 2011.

Organisers of the 2013 exhibition have made some changes in lieu of its 10 year anniversary. Of these, reversing the direction of the walk and erecting a large marquee pavilion on the foreshore at Matiatia will be the most obvious.

The marquee will be set up just 50 metres from the Matiatia ferry terminal and can be visited before and after the walk. The pavilion will provide a place to purchase light snacks, cold drinks for the walk ahead, exhibition catalogues or merchandise and apply complimentary sunscreen.

Shuttle buses will depart every 15 minutes to take walkers to the start of the exhibition walk at the end of Nick Johnstone Dr. As the destination at the end of the walk, visitors will be able to enjoy a light meal refreshments at the pavilion. There will also be artisan produce to sample and buy. Part of the structure will also house artworks from the Waiheke Art Gallery.

Visit fullers.co.nz for ferry timetables.

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