Sculpture Gallery

Gull Boy

2017 Corten, Stainless and Stone.

We have our busy lives

Gull boy has his fish

Our Phones, our cars, the hrs in our day rush by

Gull boy has his fish

The kids must be picked up at 3 and whisked away to practice

Gull boy has his fish

Your appointment has been cancelled

Gull boy has his fish…

Quiver

2016 Stainless Steel and Stone

Quiver is based on jelly fish, it shivers and quivers if given a nudge. Jelly fish are such amazing creatures and with global warming and acidification of the sea’s we’ll be seeing alot more of them and perhaps eating them indue course. Shiver’s providence is inspired by “The God of Small Things” series in the Small Sculpture section.

 

Quiver

Earth Quack

2016 Andersite and Stainless Steel

Earth Quack was created at a symposium in my home town of Rotorua. The theme was geothermal. Steam vents and life’s precarious balance in our volcanic wonderland

 

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Marshall The Dragon

2016

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.

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“Keep”

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 ponderP1080560P1080535P1080555P1080541

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“Shavings”

Celebrating the wood industry in Rotorua NZ

2015

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.IMG_2203IMG_2202IMG_2201P1080360

"Fantail" 2015

Fantail

A memorial sculpture to a clients much loved chocolate labrador.Fantails are a joyous ever curious bird.

Materials: Macrocarpa, Steel and Stainless

2015

Fantail

Fantail

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“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.P1070237

 

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Beach Master                                                                                                                                                                                        My formal “artists statement” about this dude will follow but before I post it up I just gotta say it was not a case of what shall I make for this show. He just had to come out!! Sea lions, they are just the coolest beasties ever. We can’t let them go extinct, no, no, no. So donate to the NZ Sea Lion Trust today! He was one of the most popular at the Onshore show this year and as ever the kids really get my work. Accounts tell me the boys especially enjoyed checking out his “john thomas” tehe! It was the first time I’ve made a nude and was quite apprehensive about it. But he had to be! He is a god, a nature deity and how many millions of years have they been around NZ shores and we’ve near wiped them out in 200 years. Bloody marvelous!!!! What a species we’ve turned out to be. Strewth!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Did you know there are “Lions” native to NZ? Mighty Lions of the deep marine, Sea Lions! They are critically endangered and of course the blame is fairly and squarely laid at our collective feet. Steps are well underway to avoid extinction by Doc and the New Zealand Sea lion Trust, but the battle is far from over. When “Beach Master” is sold 5% of the my take goes to the Trust. I was lucky enough to encounter sea lions in a very unique way, circumnavigating Stewart Island by Sea kayak. Often landing permission and campsite designation was negotiated with these magnificent beasts. To be challenged and eye balled at water level by mighty lions of the deep marine on a daily basses has left me with a deep awe and respect for them. So here we have the “Beach Master”. A name commonly given to dominant males who’ve fought for and won the breeding rights of a harem of female sea lions. This sculpture is part of an on going series exploring blending animal and human characteristics. I will reframe from further discourse regards the sculptures concept, content and context. You have a brain don’t you? Good. But what I will say on the 30th day of July 2014 before I lift my tools for the first time on this project. (The most challenging yet in this series) Is this, like my first encounter with a territorial male sea lion on equal terms: “I’m terrified”.                                 Yes he really did stretch me……….. In his hand is an Arrow Squid which make up a large part of their diet and puts them in direct competition with the Sub Antarctic Squid Fishery. They can range up to 175km off shore and can dive up to 700m deep!! : http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/native-animals/marine-mammals/seals/new-zealand-sea-lion/. He is made from Corten steel cut into strips and and then heated up in the forge and beaten to shape and then welded into place and the welds then being ground off. The squid is made from a granite stone and stainless steel and he stands on an andersite bolder.

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Beach Master holding dinner, Arrow Squid.

 

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Beach Master

 

Beach Master

Beach Master

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Beach Master

 

 Rabbie and Crabby: "Oh Crabby, I do believe we are rather lost"

Rabbie and Crabby: “Oh Crabby, I do believe we are rather lost”

Rabbie and Crabby: "Oh Crabby, I do believe we are rather lost!"

Rabbie and Crabby: “Oh Crabby, I do believe we are rather lost!”

Rabbie

Rabbie

Rabbie and Crabby (Crabby)

Rabbie and Crabby (Crabby)

Kiwi Boy # 4 in Bird People series. Whakatane River walkway.

Kiwi Boy # 4 in Bird People series.
Whakatane River walkway.

Kiwi Boy, Whakatane River Bank Walkway

Kiwi Boy, Whakatane River Bank Walkway

Birdboy; " Come down from there at once"

Birdboy; ” Come down from there at once”

Birdboy :"Come down from there at once"

Birdboy :”Come down from there at once”

Birdlady

Birdlady

BirdLady

BirdLady

Birdlady

Birdlady

Birdlady #3

Birdlady #3

Birdlady #3

Birdlady #3

Bird Lady, Auckland Botanic Gardens

Bird Lady, Auckland Botanic Gardens

Bird lady

Bird lady

Under the Hugh Ball

Under the Hugh Ball

Under the High Ball

Under the High Ball

Teenage txt Bunny (Number 3 in Rabbit series)

Teenage txt Bunny (Number 3 in Rabbit series) On Rabbits I grew up hunting rabbits with my dad. We still live rurally and they are on my back door step. From time to time I will shoot them for a change of diet for us, the dog and cat. But more these days I just delight in having them around. When I think rabbits, these words come to mind: Benign, innocent, colonial, Pakeha, children stories. People have always blended animal characteristics with human to inform, describe and celebrate culture, religion, story, myth and social comment. This series of rabbit/humans work along these lines. The third in the series “Teenage Text Bunny” is the result of a proposal to the Sculpture Show at the Auckland Botanic gardens. He’s been dragged here by his “Olds” to meet relatives at the gardens, but doesn’t want a bar of it and is texting his mates to come and rescue him! He’s also totally oblivious to the botanical beauty that surrounds him. He’s a celebration of a self-obsessed and often-fraught time of life we all go through. I also feel he will be a bit of a time capsule as texting will not always be with us. Oh yes, he’s also 3 meters tall!

Teenage txt Bunny (Number 3 in Rabbit Series

Teenage txt Bunny (Number 3 in Rabbit Series

Teenage txt Bunny and me

Teenage txt Bunny and me

Teenage txt Bunny detail

Teenage txt Bunny detail

Number two in Rabbit Series

Number two in Rabbit Series

Mr Warren B. Unny ( Head Detail)

Mr Warren B. Unny ( Head Detail)

Mr Warren B Unny detail

Mr Warren B Unny detail

The carrot or the stick

The carrot or the stick

Argus

Argus

Argus

Argus detail

Argus detail

The lost earring of Finn McCoul

The lost earring of Finn McCoul

The lost Earring of Finn McCoul detail

The lost Earring of Finn McCoul detail

Papakanui

Papakanui

Papakanui

Papakanui

Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon

Gloria Godess of shopping

Gloria Godess of shopping

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3 comments

  1. Kia ora e hoa – what a mighty fine artist you are- love the bird people- a nz fascination -Bill Hammond, our friend vanessa Edwards and many others -there are also stories of a pre maori tribe that could fly – local whanganui too or Taranaki maybe? He kaimahi toi tino rawe koe!
    Nga mihi Mandy

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