Embrace the beauty of nature and the transcendence of art with Sculpture on the Gulf, which has returned for another year this March.
The hugely popular biennial outdoor exhibition includes works from 32 artists, which are displayed along Waiheke Island’s Matiatia Coastal Walkway until the 27th of this month, providing plenty of opportunity for both young and old to be a part of the artful action.
Viewing the sculptures in all their varying beauty, in the context of the natural surroundings, is a powerful experience for many — and a great excuse to make a day trip over to the island.
There is a stellar line-up of acclaimed artists showing this year. Award-winning sculptor Natalie Guy has created ‘The Genius Loci of the Chapel’, which comprises tall fibreglass sculptures that reference Wellington’s Futuna Chapel and the Notre-Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France. Acclaimed artist Anton Forde’s piece, ‘Te Kotahitanga o Whakamaru’, sees fifty-five carved contemporary pou stand watching over the Hauraki Gulf in an arrow formation, and Jorge Wright’s stupendous Corten steel ‘Head Within’ work explores the inner self.
There’s a bright red rendition of a locals-only post office by Denis O’Connor, a reflective polished steel shelter by Jonas Raw, a gently moving piece by kinetic sculpture specialist Aiko Groot and many more.
In order to have a full understanding of the meaning behind each piece, it is recommended that you pick up a guidebook — this will only serve to enhance your experience. Should you be heading over for the day, some sustenance will be in order. We suggest perusing our in-depth guide of the best places to wine and dine on the island.
So, while the weather is still mild, make your way to this “gallery without walls” for a day of inspiring art and picturesque views — you’re sure to gain a new perspective along the way.