Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

April 11, 2014

Dismemberment, Site I (Anish Kapoor, 2009)

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Dismemberment, Site I (Anish Kapoor, 2009)

Dismemberment, Site I (Anish Kapoor, 2009)

Another giant sculpture from the Gibbs Farm. Anish Kapoor‘s Dismemberment, Site I, is constructed from mild steel tube and tensioned fabric, and measures 85 metres in length, with openings 8 x 25 metres. The second picture also shows Len Lye‘s Wind Wand which extends 45 metres upwards.

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Dismemberment, Site I (Anish Kapoor, 2009)

Dismemberment, Site I (Anish Kapoor, 2009)

Dismemberment, Site I (Anish Kapoor, 2009)

Dismemberment, Site I (Anish Kapoor, 2009)

April 4, 2014

Pyramid (Sol LeWitt, 1997)

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Pyramid (Sol LeWitt, 1997)

Pyramid (Sol LeWitt, 1997)

Another giant sculpture from the Gibbs Farm. Its full title is “Pyramid (Keystone NZ)”. Built from standard concrete blocks, it stands 7.5m high, on a 16x16m base.

With regard to the second picture, it should be pointed out that climbing of the sculptures is not permitted (a guard arrived after some time and stopped people climbing).

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Pyramid (Sol LeWitt, 1997)

Pyramid (Sol LeWitt, 1997)

March 28, 2014

Two Giraffes

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Two Giraffes

Two Giraffes

At the Gibbs Farm. One of the giraffes is a live specimen (one of three that I saw), the other is a corrugated iron sculpture by Jeff Thomson (6x3x1 m). The picture below is of the real thing.

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Giraffe

Giraffe

March 23, 2014

Red Cloud Confrontation in Landscape

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Red Cloud Confrontation in Landscape (Leon van den Eijkel, 1996)

Red Cloud Confrontation in Landscape (Leon van den Eijkel, 1996)

Another work from our recent visit to the Gibbs Farm. Harmonious colours in unique setting by Leon van den Eijkel.

25 cast formed and painted concrete cubes 17.5 x 17.5m. (From this angle and in the given light, all of the plinths appeared to have black sides; but there are some red ones amongst them, in case you are wondering about the title. See picture below.)

Red Cloud Confrontation in Landscape (Leon van den Eijkel, 1996)

Red Cloud Confrontation in Landscape (Leon van den Eijkel, 1996)

March 21, 2014

Horizons (Neil Dawson, 1994)

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Horizons (Neil Dawson, 1994)

Horizons (Neil Dawson, 1994)

We had the good fortune (thanks a million, Stephen!) to be able to visit the Gibbs Farm yesterday. A huge property of undulating land on the Kaipara Harbour, containing a good number of sculptural works whose size matches the size of the grounds. This sculpture by Neil Dawson is entitled “Horizons” and measures 15 x 10 x 36m. Welded and painted steel. It shows the ubiquitous corrugated iron as if having floated down from the sky.

“Dawson’s is one of the few works that can be seen from the road, which is fitting for its trompe l’oeil suggestion of a giant piece of corrugated iron blown in from a collapsed water tank on some distant farm.” (From the Gibbs Farm brochure.)

Check out the sculpture on the satellite view of Google Maps; when you zoom out, you will note a few more of the sculptures (Anish Kapoor‘s “Dismemberment” is the red one, 85m long).

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Horizons (Neil Dawson, 1994)

Horizons (Neil Dawson, 1994)

Horizons (Neil Dawson, 1994)

Horizons (Neil Dawson, 1994)

Gibbs Farm

Gibbs Farm