Sculpture on the Quad
19 Oct 2018
SCAPE Public Art Season 2018 is underway, which means a stroll through the central city just got a whole lot more interesting. The season showcases works by leading national and international artists, as well as providing a springboard for emerging talent. Once again, College is delighted to throw open its gates and welcome visitors in to see the two works – Plot by Brett Graham, and Mixed Feelings by Tony Cragg – displayed on the Quad.
Plot – a carved marble topographic rendering of the South Island–Te Waipounamu sitting on a sarcophagus-like form – invites us to consider how we think about and value land. Auckland-based sculptor Brett Graham (Ngāti Korokī Kahukura) was interested in how Te Waipounamu was surveyed, divided up and “purchased” from Ngāi Tahu by the settler government.
Mixed Feelings – an immense, 5.5m sculpture, formed by two intertwining bronze towers, pushing together and pulling apart as they spiral upwards – has a sinuous, physical, pulsating form of energy. Throughout his illustrious career, Turner Prize-winning British sculptor Tony Cragg has questioned and tested the limits of a wide variety of traditional sculptural materials – including bronze, steel, glass, wood, and stone – giving the material a dynamic, allowing it to push and move and grow.
We hope you will take the opportunity to see these and other works in this 20th anniversary SCAPE season.