Living artwork at Botanic Gardens

Last updated 14:32 08/10/2012
Ralf Witthaus
BOREHOLE UNDERWAY: Renowned German landscape artist Ralf Witthaus will create living artworks for the Auckland Botanic Gardens.

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Auckland's Botanic Gardens will be turned into an outdoor gallery this month.

Renowned German landscape artist Ralf Witthaus and a team of volunteers from his homeland along with local helping hands today started creating live artwork at the Manurewa gardens as part of a two-country installation.

The complete masterpiece - which stretches 100 metres in diameter - will be on display at the Hill Rd gardens next Thursday to October 28.

The project is fittingly called 'The Borehole to New Zealand' as a mirror to work that has been completed in Germany.

Witthaus' team are expected to take 700 hours to complete the Auckland end of the project, using brushcutters and paintbrushes.

"When I found out STIHL NZ was supporting me in my vision and I'd be coming to New Zealand to complete the other half of my installation, it was really a dream come true,'' he said.

''I have completed a number of landscape art projects but never one that spans the globe. The work will reflect a bore hole, showing the relationship between one side of the world to the other - hence the graphic reflection. The finished product will be a real vision, from both sides of the world."

Witthaus has shown his drawings, collages and installations in over a hundred exhibitions in Germany and Europe and several books on his work have been published. His most famous project is the Federal Lawn Show 2010, a lawn art work stretching 7km through the inner green belt of Cologne.

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