Jon Hall: Off-Cuts for headland Sculpture on the Gulf
My proposal Off-Cuts was
selected for headland Sculpture on the Gulf and will to be made
specifically for the 2017 exhibition which opens in January 2017.
This will be my most ambitious forged work to date - but I need
Situated along a cliff top coastal walkway on Waiheke Island,
headland Sculpture on the
Gulf is New Zealand's foremost outdoor sculpture exhibition. Using
a rigorous selection process, the exhibition aims to make a unique
contribution to the cultural life of New Zealand, Aotearoa, by
creating opportunities for people to experience the power and
beauty of contemporary sculpture in the landscape. The exhibition
shows only new work from the very best of contemporary New Zealand
Off-Cuts will be made
using the largest solid steel billets commercially available in New
Zealand and utilising traditional forging practice in one of the
last remaining industrial forges in this country. The solid billets
of steel will be heated and forged using a CNG powered furnace and
a 700 ton hydraulic forging press. Comprised of three separate
solid forgings manipulated to resemble discarded objects from
industry, particularly with European manufacturing processes in
mind, they will tell a story about the land these colonial
practices helped shape.
A large scale forged work such as Off-Cuts requires an enormous
amount of energy and resources. By donating to this project, you
will be contributing directly to this unique sculptural work by
helping me purchase the massive steel blocks required for raw
material. With your help I'll be able to create this work of art
and make the best of this fantastic opportunity to show my work to
an estimated audience of over 60,000 people during the three week
exhibition on Waiheke Island.
Since the age of 14 I have dedicated my entire life to forging
metal. After completing an apprenticeship in Wellington, I embarked
upon a nine year journeyman's apprenticeship throughout Europe,
working for artist blacksmiths and sculptors. For the last 10 years
I have been building my own practice in Auckland, and this project
is a vital step in my career.
For further information on my work and the exhibition please
31 MONTHS AGO
Site visit today, this is the 700 ton press that we will
forge the billets of 200mm sq under
We made it!
31 MONTHS AGO
On Friday we made it over the line for our funding goal.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who so kindly donated towards my project and all the effort everybody made by spreading the word around.
I will post updates as the work progresses.
I can't thank you all enough!
An interview for Stuff!
32 MONTHS AGO