huge thanks to all those who have contributed so
The funding campaign for the LUMA Art
Walk has kickedinto high gear which is
fantastic. This positive progress has allowed
to include illumination of three existing
sculptures in the Gardens, being Fleur, Paul
Dibble's Fern, and the Rees
Memorial triangle. Members of Auckland's Monday
Mapping crew will be projection mapping these three pieces
and we are very excited to see their custom
We still need to hit our target to ensure that all
these elements make it into the final programme, so go forth and
spread the word far and wide!
This week we had the opportunity to see one of the
sculptures that is being created specifically for the
2016 LUMA Art Walk by Conor McNicholas from Queenstown and
in his words, "it's a fantastical piece of abstract
art." The sculpture is in it's final stages of
completion, and we are very excited to
have Conor's work included in the walk.
Conor spoke about the origins of his piece for a few
minutes outside his garage workshop in
Arrowtown, wanting me to get a sense for the purpose and
story of the sculpture prior to seeing it. Standing inside his
workshop where dozens of sculptures and wooden plinths fill the
space, Conor explained that the idea came from deep within our
local roots here in in the South Island, where mining and
gold gave birth to many of the places we now call home. He
explained that the piece is abstract and not a specific
representation of mining but more of an exploration of the
intangible origins of gold, and the mystery behind how gold came to
be, how it was formed in a dance between materials; a geological
conception, in much the same way life is created.
We weaved our way through his other work to
the back of the workshop where Conor has been working on
the piece for LUMA, surrounded by concrete cutting tools, grinders,
and molds for creating his work.The light in
the workshop is bright, with half a dozen or so lights
illuminating the work-space, once we reduced the illumination
to a single source, the forms and shapes of the sculpture
really came to life.
Conor's sculpture isn't your usual portrayal of
gold mining in the region, it's certainly not a statue of a man
holding a pickaxe. The piece has three distinct elements which
appear to be bound together with an aura of red illumination. Conor
has used concrete as his medium, but you wouldn't assume that,
parts of his sculpture are edgy and angular, others appear
glossy, and soft. In the mix he has included other materials to
create the various textures, with quartz and river stones adding
different narratives, you can't help but look and explore how these
materials come together to create the whole piece.
We discussed how best to light the sculpture while in
place for LUMA, paying close attention to the shape, and form.
We're really excited about how it will look in the Gardens,
and how it will be received.
Conor's hope is that the viewer will make their own
mind up about what the sculpture is, "it's all about the
imagination, nature is the only person's work I follow."
… "this isn't about getting a point across, you are totally in
charge of what you see."
Make sure you come along to
LUMA and make up your own mind about what you