|Neil Dawson's "Horizons", 1994 suggest a piece of corrugated iron |
blown by the wind. (my personal favourite)
the vast harbour this verdant, gently rolling landscape of over 1000 acres has proved to be the perfect location for Gibbs to continue his art patronage and fulfil his dream of creating a sculpture park. For the 19 sculptors he has commissioned so far it has offered a rare opportunity to create colossal works befitting the size and scale of the landscape.
|Richard Serra's "Te Tuhirangi Contour" 1999/2001 is 252 metres|
long referencing the shape of the land
|"Dismemberment, Site 1" by Anish Kapoor, 2009, runs between a cleft in |
the hillside and is 85 metres long. Those tiny specs beside it are people.
|"A Fold In The Field" by Maya Lin 2013, covers 3 hectares|
major art works by important artists to fill specific parts of the landscape. Because the property is so vast the art works are too. The sculptors were given free reign to design whatever they wanted for the spot they were offered and the result is a stunning property the like of which I have never seen before. It is slightly surreal and dazzlingly beautiful. It can take several hours to wander the property and take in the sculptures from all angles. At many points I just sat staring and marvelling.
|The water feature with Kenneth Snelson's "Easy K" to the left and|
Richard Thompson's "Untitled (Red Square/ Black Square" to the right
|Exotic animals dot the farm|
I was thrilled with my visit to Gibbs Farm and didn't want to leave. It is even better than I imagined and I can't recommend a visit highly enough. Entry is free, however, bookings MUST be made for the once a month public openings and can be made through the Gibbs Foundation website: www.gibbsfarm.org.nz. Numbers are limited and openings are usually booked out months ahead. Public openings are not held through the winter months.
|Richard Thompson's "Untitled (Red Square/Black Square) 1994|
Big congratulations and gratitude to Alan Gibbs for his
forethought in developing this unique property, his patronage of the arts and his generosity in sharing it with the public.
|Len Lye "Wind Wand" 2003|