Marshall The Dragon
The Clients had an old wood fired Marshall hot water heater they wanted made into a dragon themed out door fire place. Thus we have Marshall the Dragon or Tuatara hanging out a top the fire. He’s inspired by my “God of Small Things” series: see “Small Sculpture” page. The stones are from all over and the tail is made from stones threaded onto stainless wire rope, thus able to be moved about.
Auckland Botanic Gardens Sculpture Show 2015/16
Winner Supreme Award
The tripod is inspired by the “Tank Trap” and is really a practical and safe way to punch above your weight as it where, in other words get a bit of scale happening. This piece I propose would be 6 meters tall. The tripod would be made from steel pipe.
The box atop the tripod is inspired by the bed side cabinets and the way the boxes inhabit space. It would be made out of 6” by 4” Macrocarpa and finger jointed like the cabinet’s wood work, but the fingers would be left sticking out as apposed to the cabinet where they are trimmed.
The hanging andersite boulders are inspired by the small work called “Industrial Rock Jelly” with it’s playful use of stainless wire. The boulders also add a kinetic aspect to the work and make sure it won’t blow over in a big storm. Aesthetically the way these strange hanging rocks work with the whole sculpture has me a bit bluffed, hmmmm………, well I know I find them clumsy and quite like this aspect. Oh, I almost forgot, I love stone very very much and like to celebrate that fact any chance I get and yes there is a wire connecting each boulder to the ground to stop them being swung more then say 500mm in any direction.
Put em all together and what have you got? An architectural folly talking about house affordability being out of reach, a store house perhaps ,water tank, or even the old farms bitches box, or weights and measures. I’d rather leave that to the viewer to ponder
Celebrating the wood industry in Rotorua NZ
In this Sculpture I wanted to partner with industry. The Company “McIntosh Timber Laminates” or “Timer Lab” as they are now known have been at the forefront of timber lamination for the last 50 years, with extensive involvement in development of design and manufacturing codes for glulam in NZ. Also for the past 30 years McIntosh has specialised in the provision of complete design, manufacture, supply and installation supervision of packaged timber engineering structures. 70% of their production is now for overseas projects. So who better to collaborate with!
The idea is large laminated sections of curved Micropro H3.2 pine structural beams linked around each other to create the sculpture. They representing wood shavings or wood chips from the wood carvers chisels. Linking to our rich history of wood carving in Rotorua.
A memorial sculpture to a clients much loved chocolate labrador.Fantails are a joyous ever curious bird.
Materials: Macrocarpa, Steel and Stainless
“Tank Trap” Rotorua Sculpture Symposium. Strewth, from sea lion to tank trap! Nice to do something completely different for this Symposium. The theme was “The Returning Soldier” and is part of Rotorua’s WW1 commemorations. My thoughts on the maki
ng of are below. But what a fun time for us Sculptors, to share laugh and make together. Cheers Marc for putting it all together. War is such a loaded gun. Excuse the pun. An engineers dream. So much innovation and invention. For certain our modern life is underpinned by these innovations. As a kid I remember the tank at Kuirau Park’s epic play ground. The way you had to clamber into its hard metal belly and they way it smelt “of kid”. The tank is gone now but it may come back and we now have a trap to trap it! I played so many war games as a kid, not the board game type, but the running round shooting each other type. I hope the young of heart are tempted to clamber up this sculpture. So what might a returning soldiers memory bank hold, perhaps the strange site of hundreds of these “Hedgehog” tank traps on a beach or in a field. The spikey tripod nature of these structures made it virtually impossible for tanks to negotiate them. As an object I am engaged by the way it invades space, the tension created by the three fine balance points and the symbology the crossing creates: from the clashing of weapons, to the cross of St Andrew, to the grave marker. I am also conscious that this site not only helped returning soldiers convalesce from WW1, but also saw a major battle clash between Tuwharetoa and Ngati Whakaue. Materials: Corten Steel and Macrocarpa.