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Art to Go Up in Smoke at Petone Winter Carnival

Art to Go Up in Smoke at the Petone Winter Carnival

Rodger Thompson
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Rodger Thompson
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Rodger Thompson Fire Sculpture

from Leisure Active

11 July 2008

Art to Go Up in Smoke at the Petone Winter Carnival

The Petone Foreshore will be transformed into a unique public art gallery for the Petone Winter Carnival on Saturday 19 July. Five prominent New Zealand sculptors will be creating fire sculptures on the beach which will go up in smoke at dusk in a blaze of flame and colour.

Each sculptor will be given the same set of combustible materials to work with including timber, plywood, corrugated cardboard and No. 8 wire as well as the element of fire and will have just eight hours to create their different responses.

The sculptures will be constructed on platforms at low tide mark, so as the sky darkens and the sea returns, the sculptures will be set ablaze creating flaming artworks surrounded by water. The sculptures are being commissioned for the event by E Tu Awakairangi Hutt Public Art Trust.

Trust spokesperson Allan Brown says, “The E Tu Awakairangi Hutt Public Art Trust is thrilled to be presenting new work from top New Zealand sculptures in such a visually exciting and accessible medium.”

“Fire sculpture is still new to New Zealand despite its international popularity. This is an art event breaking new ground and we expect the inaugural E Tu Fire Sculptures will become a highly anticipated annual show, as popular among artists as the public.” He says, “The Petone Winter Carnival is a fascinating opportunity for the public to watch the artists at work on the beach all day, and then when the fire sculptures are lit at night there will be some wonderful reflections on the water.” “Come on down because stunning new sculpture created before your eyes combined with the visual excitement of fire will be a great way to warm a winter’s day!”

Participating sculptor Davey McGhie says, “The concept of a legal flare up on Petone Beach is a great one. As a participating artist I am excited by having to think like fire, design and construct a sculpture on the beach in a day then burn it at high tide. The temporary sculpture fits well by exposing and challenging the public to the changing nature of today’s contemporary sculpture.”

Team-mates Grant Corbishley and Emil McAvoy say that, “The E Tu Fire Sculptures will give us the opportunity to extend our ideas in the 3D form further and experience the creation of the sculpture and its change or even disappearance in a totally unexpected way.”

The Petone Winter Carnival takes place on Saturday 19 July and is an afternoon and evening of community celebration capped by the Pelorus Trust Fireshow – a 15 minute fireworks display over Wellington Harbour set to music simulcast on Classic Hits 90FM.

Other highlights of the festival include the Mitre 10 MEGA Petone Polar Plunge at 2.30pm, performances by Chris Devious, Mr Fungus and the Thrills Circus Performers, circus and drumming workshops, an exhibition at the Petone Settlers Museum featuring stand-out photographs from the archives of The Dominion Post and a regional digital photography competition judged by a panel of the newspaper’s photographers.

9:00am – 5:00pm Artists at work
6:00pm – 7:30pm Sculptures set alight

The Petone Winter Carnival on Saturday 19 July is proudly sponsored by Pelorus Trust, Classic Hits 90FM and Mitre 10 MEGA, and organised by Hutt City Council’s Leisure Active Business Unit.

For further information on the Carnival visit

Postponement day: Sunday, 20 July.


The artists participating in the E Tu Fire Sculptures are:

Grant Corbishley: Grant’s works have been exhibited around the globe, including the Centre of Contemporary Photography in Melbourne, the Istanbul Museum and the Camac Centre D’Art in France. He recently participated in the Shapeshifter exhibition as part of the NZ International Arts Festival 2008.

Nick Dryden: Nick draws on his Greek and Celtic heritage for inspiration, leading to his use of fine materials such as bronze, marble, copper and totara. His exhibited works include a marble graveyard for demolished buildings on the lawn of Old St Paul’s and The Windeaters – totara sentinels on Te Raekaihau Point. His commissioned works are held in public and private collections both in New Zealand and overseas.

Davey McGhie: Titahi Bay artist Davey McGhie is a familiar figure to the Wellington arts world, having taught at Whitireia Community Polytechnic, various local schools and colleges, Vincent’s Art Workshop and Adult Community Education. His artworks embrace a fusion of wood, stone and mixed media, and are included in the public collection at Pataka and in private collections throughout New Zealand.

Lucia Rozenburg: Lucia explores human movement through painting and sculpture and by using a series of layers in her work. Born in Bratislava, Slovakia, Lucia relocated to New Zealand in 2000 and taught art at Kuranui College in Greytown. She currently lives in Dunedin, where she is studying Art History and Theory at Otago University. She has also worked as a freelance artist, illustrator and graphic designer.

Roger Thompson: Roger is a New Zealand sculptor and art educator from Greytown, Wairapara, and chooses to work in a range of media including stone, wood and metal. His work is displayed both locally and internationally, including the Seatoun Foreshore, Tokoroa and Montedoro in Sicily. He has been selected to carve on the Monument to Mankind currently being constructed in Bali, Indonesia.

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