Artwork a look at cities of the future

KELLY DENNETT
Last updated 05:00 21/11/2013
Illuminated

RECYCLED WORKS: Illuminated is made from recycled timber and glass.

 Jude Robertson
Kelly Dennett
CITY LIVING: Wellington artist Jude Robertson is exhibiting in New Lynn.

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Jude Robertson, 38, has travelled to many parts of the world but can't think of any cities with well-managed growth.

Intensification and its effects on population and design is the subject of the sculptor's newest installation.

The Wellington-based artist travelled to Auckland to install and present Illuminated at Lopdell House Gallery. It's a fitting location because the gallery's temporary home is earmarked for higher density living.

New Lynn and many other suburbs in the west will see an increase in population and intensified living under the proposed unitary plan which is planning for a growth of an estimated one million people.

"It's interesting in the way that a city can grow," she says. "As people have less personal space I guess it's important other areas are preserved so people can still have some quiet green space."

Her installation features recycled timber from a neighbour's renovation which travelled to Auckland with her.

The pine, macrocarpa, totara and rimu has been sanded back and installed to represent a city landscape.

Nearly 300 miniature glass houses of various housing types will sit on top of the timber and light up as the sun goes down.

The installation isn't necessarily supposed to be Auckland itself but Ms Robertson says it's important to think about the effects of intensification.

If it's well managed, allowing plenty of green space, she thinks higher density living can be good.

Illuminated is at Lopdell House Gallery until December 2. Visit lopdell.org.nz.

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