It was named by the New York Times as one of the top 100 things to see in 2015, and now, Waiheke Island's Sculpture on the Gulf will return for its ninth year from March 1-24, 2019.
Every two years New Zealand's foremost outdoor sculpture exhibition attracts up to 60,000 people to view a spectacular two-kilometre costal walkway of sculptures. It aims to make a unique contribution to the cultural life of Aotearoa by creating opportunities for people to experience the power and beauty of contemporary sculpture in the landscape.
26 new artistic concepts will feature at the 2019 event. The works will be shown along the Matiatia headland with a small sculpture exhibition showing at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery. Expect to see dramatic large scale works in a range of materials. Alongside works by some of New Zealand's best known traditional sculptors, Sculpture on the Gulf 2019 will include works that incorporate public participation or 'social sculpture'.
This year's featured artists include: Anton Forde, Brit Bunkley and Andrea Gardner, Chris Bailey, David McCracken, Elliot Collins, Euan Lockie, James Russell, James Wright, Janet Lilo, Jae Kang, Jeff Thomson, Jon Hall, Kazu Nakagawa and Pacific Environments Architects, Kereama Taepa, Leon van den Eijkel, Natalie Guy, Phil Price, Robert Jahnke, Sally Smith, Shannon Novak, Sharonagh Montrose, Shelley Simpson, Tim Barlow, Tyler Jackson, Veronica Herber and Virginia King.
Image: Angus Muir and Alexandra Heaney/Field Apart.