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Waikato Confiscation Line Forms Subject of Artwork

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March 10

Waikato Confiscation Line Forms Subject of Artwork


An exhibition entitled E:SCAPE Sculpture in the Landscape opens at the renown Hamilton Waitakaruru Arboretum and Sculpture Park on Friday March 14 and runs until May 25.

The exhibition features an installation work by CK Reynolds, a Waikato-based artist whose work is exhibited internationally. Since moving to New Zealand in 2003 from the United Kingdom Reynolds has also lead Wintec’s Centre for Creative Industries [http://www.cci.net.nz/].

Entitled absolute divide - Reynolds portrays the 43 km-long straight border between the Waikato and Matamata-Piako districts with a linear assemblage of aerial photographs which have been printed directly onto plywood using the latest Rho eco-printing technology [http://www.ckreynolds.co.nz].

This divide, which forms one of the boundaries of the Park, is part of the original “confiscation line” drawn in 1864 following the Waikato Land Wars, and was used in 1876 to determine the divide between the Waikato and Matamata/Piako District Council boundaries.

Reynolds says the divide has indelibly changed the landscape.

“To this day, the autaki or divide is still visible from the air. I have documented the landscape of this divide in a 26 metre long installation. The photographs are suspended in a way that visitors can look down on them as though they, too, were looking over the land from above. “

The installation of absolute divide at the Waitakaruru Sculpture Park E:SCAPE exhibition has been made possible with the support of Wintec research funding.

This year’s autumn exhibition of sculpture at the Waitakaruru Arboretum E:SCAPE is curated by Kim Paton. E:SCAPE has also received funding assistance from Hamilton City Council, SKY City, and WEL Energy Trust, all of whom recognise the contribution these sculpture events make to the fabric and recreational opportunities of the region.

Among the many artists participating are: Fred Graham, James McCarthy, Jim Cooper, Gaye Jurisich, John Ioane, Jon Hall, Barbara Smith, Carol Fletcher, and Ben Pearce

In the first three weeks of E:SCAPE, the Waikato Sculpture Trust will be running a photographic competition which will be judged by David Fowler and Kerry Blakeney-Williams. The winning entries of the competition will be shown in four locations throughout May at Artspost, Inspirit, Hotshots (Cambridge), and The Framing Workshop.

See full details on : www.wintec.ac.nz

http://www.sculpturepark.co.nz/arboretum/aboutus


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