This year’s Shapeshifter outdoor sculpture exhibition in Lower Hutt has over 50 sculptures made by 44 New Zealand artists. Works are on display from Friday 26 February – Sunday 20 March from 11am – 7pm daily. Entry is $10 adults. All sculptures are for sale. (Have a sneak peak on Facebook).
Shapeshifter is a biennial event and we attended in 2014, in part to see a sculpture made by wood sculptor and carver Kevin McCardell from Tauranga. Kevin’s work is described as life like, is it ever. Even though I knew I was going to see a park bench with fish ‘n’ chips and beachy items, I still said to Mike “Look, a family is having lunch at that bench, what a good idea”.
Duh, it was ofcourse Kevin’s sculpture ‘Day at the Mount’. Everything including the sea gull eyeing up the food looks life like, but it is all carved, his work is amazing.
Kevin isn’t exhibiting at Shapeshifter this year but you can visit his studio/gallery at 514 Cambridge Road in Tauranga.
Someone who is exhibiting at Shapeshifter 2016 is Whanganui based driftwood artist Jack Marsden Mayer, his driftwood ‘Haast’s eagle’ will be on show. I was lucky enough to meet Jack and see his warehouse studio last year, Jack’s work too is life like, although more in the way that it looks like it’s moving or is about to.
Jack is also part of 2016 Artists Open Studios in Whanganui from 12-13 March and 19-20 March. I wrote two blog posts last year about Open Studios 2015, if you’re interested – Clay caravans, driftwood sculptures and pottery; and a Follow up after I attended.
Photos from Shapeshifter 2014:
Greenhouse by David Carson (Exhibiting at Shapeshifter 2016)
“This wooden ‘tree’ is of shavings from found Thuja Plicata (Western Red Cedar) greenhouse framing. The armature is Robinia Pseudoacacia (Black Locust) and stainless steel. Although the work seems ephemeral, the woods used are durable and will last in a sheltered site”. (Copied from Shapeshifter 2014 guide).
Rower by Campbell Maud (Exhibiting at Shapeshifter 2016)
“Campbell has been working in his chosen field of work for over 20 years. This recent work takes a whimsical look at the uneasy symbiosis between nature, man and his creations”. (Copied from Shapeshifter 2014 guide).
Floral Flow by Sally Lush
“Floral Flow, inspired by Monet’s water lily paintings, creates the feel of the reflections of the flowers on water. Each flower is from the $2 shop; disassembled and re-combined. The work is a comment on the proliferation of the $2 shops that sell cheap mass produced imported goods from China, which results in the economic destruction of our own industries”. (Copied from Shapeshifter 2014 guide).
Pohutukawa Flowers by Graeme McIntyre