Beck's sculpture picked for NZ Festival

Russell Beck
Russell Beck

A slice - or rather a rhombus - of Southland talent will be on display at the New Zealand Festival this month.

Invercargill sculptor and former Southland Museum and Art Gallery director Russell Beck has been selected as an exhibitor at the Banks Shoes Shapeshifter sculptor exhibition in Lower Hutt.

Beck, whose work peppers assorted Southland sites, such as the umbrella in Don St and the chain link on Stewart Island, said he was pretty pleased to be included in the exhibition.

Artists from across New Zealand applied, but only a limited number secured a spot in the exhibition, he said.

"I was very pleased. I just do this for a hobby."

Successful artists were given about six months to work on an original piece for the exhibition.

Beck's sculpture, titled Rhombic Lockdown, was reminiscent of the cube-like piece outside the Southern Institute of Technology in Tay St, in that it, too, was a rhombus that created illusions from different angles, he said.

This was the second time his work would be on display at the exhibition.

Banks Shoes Shapeshifter 2014 is a biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition that runs in conjunction with The New Zealand Festival. The sculpture pieces were by The Dowse Art Museum's director.

The event raises money for charities through gate sales and commission on artwork sales. it is on at the Civic Gardens of Lower Hutt from February 22 until March 16.

The Southland Times