|Matiatia Bay - Waiheke Island the start and finish |
of the sculpture trail
|Beyond Good and Evil - by Konstantin Dimopoulos|
|Shrine for the Sea, Soil and Sky|
by Terry Stringer
Every second year for the last ten years a local committee has worked hard to present the three week long Headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition, inviting sculptors to display their work along a two and a half kilometer walk. The walk winds around a headland taking in some magnificent scenery, passing above pristine waters and, yesterday, when I did the walk, affording views of cavorting orcas in the bay. The Headland Sculpture Trail has become world renowned attracting 32,000 visitors in 2011. It is a leisurely one and a half to two hours walk with, this year, 30 art works to enjoy.
|Every Home Should Have One -|
trompe l'oeil by Peter Lange
|Temporary - by Delicia Sampero|
|Wildfire - by Sarah Brill|
At the cool, airy Pavilion, base for the exhibition, are a bar a restaurant and a shop selling art works. Live music is played each day and visitors can attend talks by the artists or just relax for a while before catching the ferry home. If there is time it is easy to explore the main town on the island, Oneroa, a short walk away, which has an excellent Community Art Gallery, a number of restaurants and
shops and a beautiful, sheltered beach for swimming.
Although I have holidayed at Waiheke many times over the years this was my first visit to the Waiheke sculpture exhibition. I thoroughly enjoyed it and intend to make it a "must do" for the future.
|Part of the headland with the art work, Pavilion Structure - by Gregor Kregar, just visible in the distance|
|Death Row - by Regan Gentry|
This is a tribute to a dearly loved local store which was destroyed by fire
|...and at the end of the walk a crisp glass of local wine in The Pavilion|
while listening to cool jazz...what a great day out!