Local and National Artists have been selected to presented their sculptures as part of the LUMA Art Walk 2017. The sculptures located along between the Queenstown War Memorial, and the Bathhouse Restaurant from Friday the 2nd of June to the Monday the 5th of June 2017.
3000mm x 300mm
Cast concrete case and 16mm steel bars
The optical effect, which occurs when moving past the sculpture, is known as moiré patterning. It reminds us to notice the subtle and beautiful wave patterns often visible in our skies, forests and waterways.
The profile of the rows of bars represents the tilted strata and dramatic landscapes of the Southern Alps.
By partially screening the lake view the work generates tension between art and nature.
Is this interference acceptable?
1800mm x 1400mm x 700mm
316 Stainless Steel
Central Otago contours eroded by the elements & the effect of the Goldrush, sluicing, tailings and canvas towns.
Metal Works Wanaka
It's Bigger Than Me
3800m x 1900mm x 1300mm
5mm Corten Steel and Acrylic
I was in Queenstown when I was invited to submit a design for the Luma festival. My accommodation had stunning views of the Remarkables,.....and these got me thinking.
Earth Mother,Sky Father and the Messenger
4100mm x 540mm x 540mm
Here I am thinking about ‘being’. Reflecting on the foundations of existence, the connection between ‘Earth’ and ‘Heaven’ and the cycle of life: Birth, Living and the passing of life. In Maori myth the fantail is said to be a messenger of death from the gods to the people. Here I use it to remind us to be the best we can, pursue dreams, find joy and to discover inner peace.
2000m x 2000mm x 2000mm
The elements here – two intertwined circles making a whole, refer to the cyclical operating principles of natural systems and their interconnectedness – nothing is separate in nature.
When developing an idea for a permanent sculpture like this I use the same systems thinking that I apply when making ephemeral land art sculptures. I try to distill the elements down to their simplest forms and get to the essence of the idea by paring away everything that does not contribute to its reading or its form.
In The Balance
900mm x 300mm x 300mm
The relationship between human systems and Earth’s natural systems is in the balance.
Restoration of that balance has been the subject of my art practice since 1992 by investigating nature’s cyclical operating principles as the basis for the design of regenerative human systems.
I make both ephemeral sculptures in natural landscapes from natures materials and also permanent sculptures using manmade recyclable materials and technology. Martin Hill Artist Statement
In my art practice I make both permanent sculptures from recyclable materials and - in collaboration with Philippa Jones - ephemeral land art sculptures from natural materials found in the landscape which return to the earth once I have photographed them.
My work is concerned with the relationship between human systems and natural systems and investigates nature’s cyclical operating principles for application in the design of regenerative human systems.
Glass and stainless steel
Central Otago contours eroded by the elements & the effect of the Goldrush, sluicing, tailing and canvas towns.
2000mm x 200mm
Acrylic with LED lighting
White Noise is a contemporary sculpture that alters the environment for the viewer. It generates texture, shadows, reflections and hues of light found in the surrounding environment. It is a juxtaposition of reality capturing the essence of nature freezing them in time.
3000mm x 1800mm
Galvanised steel, cut crystal & glass plates Height
A while ago somebody dropped off a carton of these dishes and plates to my workshop. They come from a deceased estate and suggested I could melt them down into something!!!! They evoked memories of our mothers treasuring them and how they only appeared when special visitors arrived for afternoon tea. The rest of their days spent languishing in a locked china cabinet. Glass needs light to make it sparkle & sing and you have to admit they look better with sunlight on them than biscuits! These gates are dedicated to each and everyone's mother and our memory of them to continually shine on
2200mm x 2000mm x 950mm
Recovered rebar, galvanised steel, macrocarpa
Take another look next time you are about to squish that eight-legged fright you just found in the bathroom. It may not be a spider at all.
Harvestmen are small, graceful and genuinely harmless. They have no bite, no venom and no web. Really! What is there to be afraid of?
As Kiwi as corrugated iron, harvestmen deserve a home here too. So let's give 'em a break eh!
1700mm x 850mm x 690mm
3mm 316 Stainless Steel
This sculpture was inspired by the wind and how it transforms nature into streamlined flowing shapes, for instance, moving sandhills, shaping rocks and living things such as trees. The simple cylinder form was chosen and stainless steel to convey a sleek, wind polished effect.
The two windswept offset elements grow out of the ground while yielding to the ever present wind. Nature has evolved with wind, but humans are still learning to appreciate and harness wind.
Spiral No. 20
2950mm x 800mm x 800mm
My three dimensional abstract "SPIRAL series" is inspired by natural forms. The sculptures vary in scale, shape and materials, but they all have a base and a main "stem", like roots and stem of a tree. Unfinished metal circles are climbing up the stem, apparently combined random and easy , but with strong connections. Viewers are encouraged to move around the work and encounter it from multiple perspectives.