In April this year I attended the International Federation of Landscape Architects conference in Auckland New Zealand. As part of the conference I took part in a tour of the Gibbs Sculpture Park, an hour north of Auckland. The sculpture park (http://www.gibbsfarm.org.nz/ ) was set up by New Zealand businessman Alan Gibbs over twenty years ago and contains large sculptural works by some of the world’s leading artists, including Richard Serra, Andy Goldsworthy, Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt and Maya Lin. The sculpture park is an amazing experience, the scale of the works and how they interact with the landscape is breathtaking. The green rolling hills and beautiful Kaipara Harbour would have been enough to make for a great days walk. However the artworks are the scene stealers. Below are some pictures I took of my favourite sculptures.
Te Tuhirangi Contour – Richard Serra
Untitled (Red Square/Black Square) – Richard Thompson
The greenness of the grass and blue sky were an attraction in themselves.
Red Cloud Confrontation in Landscape – Leon van den Eijkel
Dismemberment, Site 1 – Anish Kapoor
Arches – Andy Goldsworthy
88.5° ARC x 8 – Bernar Venet
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