Even though the geometric and repetitive facts of this sculpture are in marked contrast to the organic contours of the site, its surfaces mean that in certain lights the work almost disappears against the sky. However, at other times it appears to harvest the moody, reflective and translucent qualities of the harbour’s watery surfaces, the glancing sunlight and salt-laden air.
Of the inspiration for this site specific work Graham Bennett said “I was impressed by the changing nature of the estuary, its reflections, its colours and its relationship to the sky.”
Graham Bennett was born in Nelson, New Zealand in 1947 and lives and works in Christchurch, New Zealand. He studied at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts 1970. Since 1980 Bennett has had more than 50 solo exhibitions including 10 in Japan; and he has participated in more than
70 group exhibitions including at the Joan Miro Foundation, Spain and in Memphis, USA. His works are held in public and private collections in New Zealand, Australia, England, France, Spain, USA and Japan. He has received numerous awards, residencies and commissions; and major public
commissions have been completed including at the Christchurch South Library, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, the “Tribute to Firefighters” (9/11 memorial) in Christchurch, and for Kurashiki City, Japan.