This is a painted traffic control box at the intersection of Royal and Makora Roads, Massey. The artist is Sean Kerrigan, and the box is his homage to Peter Sauerbier (“A maestro of fire and metal” as the inscription says): “A small token of appreciation for some great inspiration”. The artist with essential tools of trade: acetylen torch and hacksaw, surrounded by his creations.
Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson is hosting an exhibition RE-MADE – THE ASSEMBLED WORLD OF PETER SAUERBIER, opening tomorrow night at 6 p.m. and running to September 4.
Peter Sauerbier (1927–2006) created works from discarded and found materials, and was in the words of Sean Kerrigan “able to live successfully at being unsuccessful”. The following paragraphs are extracted from exhibition notes at the Pierre Peeters Gallery:
“Peter Sauerbier is widely regarded as the great father of New Zealand found object art. This is a form of art where a natural object or an artefact not originally intended for an artistic purpose, is found and considered to have aesthetic appeal and is then used as part of a visual artwork. Found object art can make important statements about resurrection and reinvention and the unnecessary waste associated with consumer production.
For over 40 years Sauerbier created fascinating artworks out of materials and specially selected objects sourced from markets, building and demolition sites as well as 2nd hand haunts around Auckland. In his workshop these objects would undergo a dramatic transformation as a result of reconfiguration and construction by the master craftsman, and would reappear as creatures, figures and other fantastical creations. Shortly before he died, he gifted his collection to Waitakere City with the intention that it go on permanent display.
Visit Sean Kerrigan’s blog to learn about philosophy and otherworldly musical instruments, and more.