In Search of Barebottomland (Dulboot) is the title of this sculpture by Christian Nicolson (2010), currently on display at the NZ Sculpture OnShore 2010 Exhibition. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from November 4 to 14 at Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve, 170 Vauxhall Road, Devonport (map). 89 sculptures in the beautiful clifftop grounds and plenty of smaller works in the rooms of the former Officers Mess are a feast for the eyes, especially in the fine weather we enjoy right now. The exhibition is a fundraiser for New Zealand Women’s Refuges.
The sculpture stands 7 metres tall, is crafted from 15cm thick laminated macrocarpa timber and represents the giant Dulboot from Spike Milligan’s children’s story Badjelly the Witch. It has pride of place and a commanding view of the Rangitoto Channel, with the background of the volcanic Rangitoto Island.
(This is not from the west, but well worth visiting!).