Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Waiheke - Headland Sculptures on the Gulf 2015

In my post, " Waiheke Island - Headland Sculpture on the Gulf", (2/14/2013), I described  my visit to this biennial sculpture exhibition located on a glorious headland of the island.  At the end of the post I said that although it was my first visit to the event it wouldn't be my last.  So, true to my word, last week, together with my good friend, Pat, I headed out on the ferry,  to walk the two and a half kilometre sculpture trail while also enjoying plenty of sunshine and stunning scenery. 
Matiatia, Waiheke Island, from the sculpture trail

There are 31 sculptures and installations along the trail which winds its way over hillsides and through bush land. Some of the exhibits are challenging, some beautiful, some amusing and all creative. The event runs from 23 January to February 15. Here is a selection from the sculptures on this year's trail. 

No 21 by Angus Muir and Alexandra Heaney Field Apart. 

36 mirror columns with 144 mirrors reflect the ever changing sky and sea.  A fascinating and surreal experience for visitors to walk through.

No 8 by Scott Eady Princess XL (fountain #1)

This work was inspired by a young boy playing with a marrow in the garden.  The marrow and water represent food and life for Scott's family.

No 15 by Audrey Boyle the knot not and the not now.

This photo shows only part of what is a long fence of Dacron coated wire.  It is an interactive sculpture where the viewer is invited to tie new knots in the fence.  The fence represents the journey of life with its successes and sorrows.

No 27 by Jane and Mario Downes Stop the Clock

This  kinetic sculpture of three dandelion heads at different points in time recall childhood memories of the playful use of dandelions to tell the time.  It is set on a headland to catch the wind.


No 4 by James Wright Target 

 Life is full of challenges and sometime it takes a while to reach your goal.  This sculpture says "persevere and you will reach your target"

No 9 by Robert Jahnke and Joshua Campbell Tawhirowhiro   
 Tawhirowhiro means to spin or rotate in Maori.  Carved in wood which has been carbon charred it relies on the reflections in the stainless steel base and the swirling carved patterns to convey an impression of movement


No 19 by Anah Dunsheath My Pic is my Bond  

An ironic look at the current craze for celebrity selfies and, just to get into the spirit of things you understand, I simply had to have one of my own with Sean Connery                                             

Walkers strolling past No 27 Stop the Clock

There wasn't a breath of wind on this day so the dandelions were stock still, as you can see.


No 14 by Veronica Herber Landform as seen from the ferry

This installation, based on the contour lines used in mapping, was intended to provide a connection to the land while the viewer was still at sea. 

 The Sculpture exhibition is organised by a committee, supported by sponsors and 200 volunteers.  It is free to the public, however, donations are welcome.   It is a perfect day out and I highly recommend it.  I can't wait for  the next one in two years time.  For more information about Waiheke and the sculpture trail refer to my post of  2/14/2013 and their website as below.