Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Crab and rabbit visitors’ favourite

Media release
20 February 2014


Crab and rabbit visitors’ favourite

Jamie Pickernell’s sculpture ‘Oh Crabby, I do believe we’re rather lost!’ has won the People’s Choice Award at the Auckland Botanic Gardens’ biennial sculpture exhibition.

The award, sponsored by the Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens, was voted for by the public during the three and a half month exhibition and announced at the closing of Sculpture in the Gardens 2013/14.

Friends president Bill Burrill says the People’s Choice Award gives exhibition visitors a voice.

“It is always exciting to see which sculpture the public connected with the most. This year only 95 votes, out of 10,000, separated Jamie Pickernell from Ben Foster’s ‘The White Horse’, making it an extremely close contest,” he says.

Jamie Pickernell was thrilled with his win.
“I’m feeling honoured! Sculpture in the Gardens is an event where, as a sculptor, the opportunity to show your work to such a diverse audience is second to none. I get to share my work with a public that wouldn’t normally go to a gallery.

“We all love a good story, and I’ve really enjoyed seeing the public create their own stories for Crabby and Rabby. As a self-taught blacksmith, I’ve become an adventurer with materials, trying to make cool things. Sometimes it works!” he says.

Auckland Botanic Gardens manager Jack Hobbs says over 370,000 people have visited Sculpture in the Gardens since it opened in November 2013.

“We feel privileged to host an event that makes art accessible to the diverse Auckland public and have been delighted with the number of people who have come to the exhibition, enjoyed the Gardens and taken the opportunity to learn more about sculpture,” he says.

Ends


Background:
• The McConnell Property Supreme Award was won by Auckland artist Louise Purvis for ‘Alterations’
• The Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens purchase an artwork from each exhibition, for the Gardens permanent collection. This year they purchased Bing Dawe’s ‘Tuna’
‘Oh Crabby I do believe we’re rather lost!’ is an andesite, steel and stainless steel sculpture. It has been purchased by a private collector.
• Jamie Pickernell’s ‘Teenage Text Bunny’ featured in the 2009/10 exhibition, and ‘Bird Lady’ won the People’s Choice Award at the 2011/12 show. Bird Lady remains in the Gardens as part of the permanent collection.
• Winners of the exhibition’s writing competition were inspired by Oh Crabby and The White Horse.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Snell Sale Peters Out: Singlet Withdrawn From Sale

“We believe the item was offered for sale in good faith, but our inquiries have shown that the singlet is not the one worn by Peter Snell at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.” More>>

ALSO:

Bodega: Venue Closing At The End Of The Year, After 25 Years Of Music

"It is with considerable sadness that, for reasons beyond our control, we regret to announce the closure of Bodega’s doors at the end of this year, after 25 years of faithful and committed service to live music in Wellington." More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Women At The Centre

In the first chapter of her epic History of New Zealand Women, Barbara Brookes places a version of the Māori creation story alongside that of the Pākehā colonists, setting the scene for how each society saw women. The contrast is startling. More>>

In Auckland Art Gallery: A Tour Of Duty

I had already started my journey through the exhibited collections when an audio announcement about a guided tour to embark shortly from the foyer was made, I decided to join in. Why not? More>>

Art: ‘Holiday’ Wins IHC Art Awards

An intricate embroidered cushion by Wellington artist Jo-Anne Tapiki has won the 2016 IHC Art Awards and $5000. Jo-Anne started working from IHC’s Arts on High studio in Lower Hutt 18 months ago and this is the first time she has entered the competition. More>>

‘Quasi’: Christchurch Art Gallery Reveals Rooftop Sculpture

Christchurch-born and internationally renowned artist Ronnie van Hout has had a huge hand in Christchurch Art Gallery's latest outdoor installation. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news