Sculpture on the Gulf

The New York Times-endorsed exhibition returns.
Stephen Heard
Published on January 24, 2017


It's been voted in The New York Times 100 top things to see; Waiheke Island's Sculpture on the Gulf will return this month, running from Friday 27 January till Sunday 19 February.

Every year, New Zealand's foremost outdoor sculpture exhibition attracts up to 60,000 people to view the spectacular 2 kilometre costal walkway of sculptures. It aims to make a unique contribution to the cultural life of New Zealand Aotearoa by creating opportunities for people to experience the power and beauty of contemporary sculpture in the landscape.

A record 250 proposals were received for the 2017 event before being whittled down to 34 new artistic concepts. The works will be shown along the coastal headland route and nearby surrounds. Alongside works by some of New Zealand's best known traditional sculptors, the 2017 Sculpture on the Gulf will include works that incorporate public participation or 'social sculpture'.

This year's artists include:

Paul Dibble, Chris Bailey, Chris Booth, Paul Cullen, Matt Ellwood, Brett Graham, Natalie Guy, Jon Hall, Veronica Herber, Dion Hitchens, Ioane Ioane, Robert Jahnke, Jae Kang, Virginia King, Gregor Kregar, Maureen Lander, Martin Awa Clarke Langdon, Jeremy Leatinu'u, Richard Maloy, David McCracken, Dane Mitchell, Kazu Nakagawa, Shannon Novak & Raimana Jones, Denis O'Connor, Toi-Te-Rangiuaia (Paora), Anton Parsons, Semisi Fetokai Potauaine, Phil Price, Tiffany Singh, Jim Speers & Tracey Guo, Sriwhana Spong, Jeff Thomson, Michel Tuffery and Olivia Webb.


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