Art & Nature Blend on Waiheke Island

Posted by Travel News in Travel News
Monday, 21 January 2013
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The headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition combines impressive artworks with nature, wine and food as leading New Zealand outdoor sculptors showcase their work in an iconic costal setting looking into the Hauraki Gulf.

The biennial exhibition opens on the island - a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland - on 25 January, showing 30 large scale sculptures from established and emerging artists along a 2.5km coastal walkway.

Enhanced by its magnificent landscape, headland Sculpture on the Gulf is considered New Zealand’s premier contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibition.

More than 40,000 visitors are expected to walk the trail - with its dramatic backdrop of sea, sky and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf - between Matiatia and Church Bay. Visitors can wander freely amongst the large scale artworks, and each sculpture is strategically placed to surprise viewers and encourage interaction.

To celebrate the sculpture trail’s 10th anniversary, the 2013 event has been expanded to include a ‘Waiheke experience’ highlighting the island’s artistic community, and boutique wine and food culture. This will be centred in a food and wine pavilion at the ferry arrival point in Matiatia Bay.

The huge marquee ‘Pavilion’ on the waterfront at Matiatia will welcome visitors and provide them with activities, hospitality and entertainment, before and after the sculpture walk.

The ‘Waiheke experience’ would showcase some of the island’s "many talented artists, musicians, winemakers, chefs and producers," project manager Nicky Cairns said.

The Pavilion will cover more than 600sqm and include a small sculpture gallery, restaurant, bars and a produce hall. It will offer world class Waiheke wine, food and music, with wine and artisan beer tastings, artists’ talks and special events such as "twilight walks followed by superb wines, beautiful food and good music by candlelight, watching the sun set over Matiatia Bay."

Visitors will be transported from the Pavilion to the beginning of the trail which runs mostly downhill, back to Matiatia, the Pavilion and the ferries.

Open daily from 8.30am, this iconic Auckland event runs for three weeks from 25 January until 17 February 2013. There is no charge to walk the track, but donations are welcomed as the event relies on sponsorship, grants and public support to be able to continue.

2013 exhibiting artists:
Aaron McConchie, Anthony Cribb, Bev Goodwin, Carolyn Williams, Christian Nicolson, David Carson, David McCracken, Delicia Sampero, Fatu Feu’u, Gina Ferguson, Glendale Rangihaeata, Graham Bennett, Gregor Kregar, Jeff Thomson, Jonathan Organ and Jessica Pearless, Kazu Nakagawa, Konstantin Dimopoulos, Matt Akehurst, Matt Ellwood, Matthew Muir, Nic Moon, Peter Lange, Phil Price, Ray Haydon, Regan Gentry, Sarah Brill, Sharonagh Tengblad, Terry Stringer, Trish Clasrke, Veronica Herber.

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