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Headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2015

by Soon Lee

Reposted with kind permission from Soon Lee's Livejournal.

Went to Waiheke Island to check out the headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2015 today. The forecast was 40% rain but we chanced it anyway. We got there early and apart from the odd bit of drizzle (which wasn't enough to dampen our enthusiasm) it worked out well; minutes after we finished, the heavy showers arrived.

"First step to existentialism" Christian Nicolson.

This is actually the second sculpture. The first was an augmented reality thing called "WindSong" by Nigel Jamieson and Imersia Ltd. which required an app that you run & listen to: it'll show you sights & sounds at certain locations on the trail. None of us bothered to download it because you then have to run the app; it felt contrary to the vibe of enjoying the sights & sounds of the outdoor environment. I guess it was an idea before its time, or we're old fogeys. So "First step to existentialism" was basically several solar-powered traffic lights scattered along the sculpture trail, the first of which was at the beginning. While the people in front stopped to look at the installation, a man behind us got a bit annoyed.

He thought that:

1. The traffic light was really there to control crowd flow.
2. That the people in front had actually stopped for the red light.
3. Given that we had come up with the first busload of visitors of the day, there was absolutely no reason for us to obey the traffic signal and could we please move along. Stereotypical Aucklander...

First step to existentialism "Medley Part I-XIII" Shannon Novak Medley Part I-XIII Shannon Novak This is the first of twelve poles (each one's different). You're supposed to take a selfie at each & send the pictures to a central repository to be woven into a digital structure. In the end we only found eleven; we think the twelfth was stolen; there's been some unfortunate vandalism & theft. "Target" James Wright Target by James Wright A closer look at an arrow. Target by James Wright The target. Target by James Wright The other side. Target by James Wright "The Archive Wine Bar" Dennis O'Connor, a walk-in diorama. The Archive Wine Bar by Dennis O'Connor It's supposed to feature two bottles of wine from each Waiheke Island winery. The Archive Wine Bar by Dennis O'Connor "Flying Haptics" John Hurrell was a bunch of "critters" hanging off trees at different parts of the sculpture trail. Flying Haptics by John Hurrell The Haptics were made from a range of plastics & other materials. Flying Haptics by John Hurrell "Half A Pallett Of Building Blocks" Matt Ellwood. Half A Pallett Of Building Blocks by Matt Ellwood "Princess XL (fountain #1)" Scott Eady. There is a tap that turns on water spouting out of the marrow but when we got there the water reservoir had run dry. You can see the wet ground under the stool. Princess XL (fountain #1) by Scott Eady "Tawhirowhiro" Robert Jahnke & Joshua Campbell. Maori word for spinning/rotation I think. Tawhirowhiro by Robert Jahnke & Joshua Campbell "Artificial Astronomy" Elin & Keino. Pails on poles, each pail labelled with the name of a constellation. Artificial Astronomy by Elin & Keino When you stand under a pail and look up, you see that holes have been made to let in light mimicking constellations. You can tell from the photo that it was drizzly during this part of the walk. Artificial Astronomy by Elin & Keino "Garden of Shadows" Virginia King. Garden of Shadows by Virginia King The sphere, reflection. Garden of Shadows by Virginia King "Tree Hut" Richard Maloy. Tree Hut by Richard Maloy "Kitset sculpture number fourteen ("our beautiful ocean")" Stuart Bridson. Use of recycled materials e.g. empty wine bottles as flotation aids. Kitset sculpture number fourteen (our beautiful ocean) by Stuart Bridson "Landform" Veronica Herber. We walked past it earlier but it was hard to see it properly until we had moved far enough away to look back at it & see the whole thing. Landform by Veronica Herber "the knot

not and the not now" Audrey Boyle. A fence where you are invited to play around with the wires, tangle & untangle them, tie knots etc. Cute. the knot not and the not now by Audrey Boyle "making do(-ing) | on enjoying our gardens and other wild places" Xin Cheng & Chris Berthelsen. This one takes interactivity to extremes: you're supposed to use the materials there (a range of what looks like stuff that's been scavenged) to create something in this space, you can bring items to add to the space or take items away with you. making do(-ing) | on enjoying our gardens and other wild places "Ikebana Bins" Brydee Rood. Looks to be New Zealand native plants in recycling bins, the bins decorated with gold leaf. Ikebana Bins by Brydee Rood "Cr - bovunculae 2014" Tony Bond. Some of the shapes look suggestive... Cr - bovunculae 2014 by Tony Bond Cr - bovunculae 2014 by Tony Bond Cr - bovunculae 2014 by Tony Bond "My Pic Is My Bond" by Anah Dunsheath. Wonder what Sean Connery thinks of this shelfie (h/t )? My Pic Is My Bond by Anah Dunsheath "Flowers of the sky" Tania Patterson Flowers of the sky by Tania Patterson From inside. Flowers of the sky by Tania Patterson "The Precariats" Cushla Donaldson. This was the piece that won the prize of show, but had been vandalised. It's interactive, with mallets so you can "play" the sculpture as a percussive instrument, but it was roped-off with no public access. I took this from the cordon. The Precariats by Cushla Donaldson "Crossed Wires" Sharonagh Montrose and Helen Bowater. Giant wires raised off the ground with hidden speakers providing a humming background sound. Crossed Wires by Sharonagh Montrose and Helen Bowater Attachment ring. Crossed Wires by Sharonagh Montrose and Helen Bowater A bridge. Crossed Wires by Sharonagh Montrose and Helen Bowater Strings. Crossed Wires by Sharonagh Montrose and Helen Bowater "Garden" Suji Park. More pictures from artist's website. Oh hey look: it's James Bond casting his photographic eye over the sculpture! Garden by Suji Park Collection of flasks. Garden by Suji Park Black flask. Garden by Suji Park Figurine. Garden by Suji Park Close-up of figurine. Garden by Suji Park "Field Apart" Angus Muir & Alexandra Heaney was my favourite. It's 36 columns of mirrors & you get a different view with each step you take, not to mention when people walk around you or it. Field Apart by Angus Muir & Alexandra Heaney IMO fellow members of public add to the experience. Field Apart by Angus Muir & Alexandra Heaney Really pleased with this image. Field Apart by Angus Muir & Alexandra Heaney I like the flash of red in

the middle. Field Apart by Angus Muir & Alexandra Heaney More reflective of the overcast sky. Field Apart by Angus Muir & Alexandra Heaney From farther away. Field Apart by Angus Muir & Alexandra Heaney "Parang Param" Seung Yul Oh. It's another of the damaged sculptures. Parang Param by Seung Yul Oh It's meant to be strips of wide silvered ribbons reflecting the sky. Parang Param by Seung Yul Oh Damage. Parang Param by Seung Yul Oh "Sculpture Walk" Paul Radford. You know the way the sculptures merge with the people walking uphill in the background? Totally unintended when I took the photo. Sculpture Walk by Paul Radford Platonic ideals. Sculpture Walk by Paul Radford Sculpture Walk by Paul Radford Sculpture Walk by Paul Radford "Stop the Clock" (Jane & Mario Downes). Giant metal dandelions. Stop the Clock by Jane & Mario Downes Stop the Clock by Jane & Mario Downes Stop the Clock by Jane & Mario Downes Stop the Clock by Jane & Mario Downes Trail of people snaking along the path. Because we started early, we had missed the crowds but it had begun to get more busy as we neared the end of the trail. Visible beside the path is the remaining strip of "Parang Param". People snaking along the path "Colonial Fence - a modern day tinker" Jeff Thomson. It's meant to be a collection of items made out of number 8 fencing wire, meant to epitomise the innovative invention of Kiwis. I think it would have benefited from being in a more open spot; being right on the narrow hillside path made it harder to enjoy. Colonial Fence - a modern day tinker Chair. Colonial Fence - a modern day tinker Spinning wheel. Colonial Fence - a modern day tinker "The Return of Manuruhi" Ioane Ioane. Manuruhi is linked to the origin story of Maori carving. The Return of Manuruhi by Ioane Ioane Manuruhi. The Return of Manuruhi by Ioane Ioane Manuruhi (close-up). The Return of Manuruhi by Ioane Ioane These fans/turbines made from empty plastic bottles weren't listed in the official programme but in the windy conditions were a nice contrast of motion & stillness.Fans made from empty plastic bottles Plastic turbine. Fans made from empty plastic bottles Fans made from empty plastic bottles "Massive Vessel" David McCracken Massive Vessel by David McCracken Close-up. Massive Vessel by David McCracken "Star Mound" Lonnie Hutchinson This geometric sculpture wasn't listed in the programme either. Through the hole. "Shadow" Ben Foster. Of a shark, looks like. 'Shadow' Ben Foster