This sculpture demonstrates one aspect of the range of works commissioned for Gibbs Farm. While there are giant works that announce themselves from ridge tops, there are also incredibly subtle works that gradually reveal themselves, after dark, in the right light or, in this case, at certain phases of the tide.
Based on the shape of a Maori waka and slipping in and out of view as the tide ebbs and flows, this sculpture relates to the nearby burial place of Te Hemara Tauhia by pointing north to where the spirits depart on their last voyage.
Russell Moses was born in 1948 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He is an artist who has worked in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, ceramic art and sculpting. Moses is a self-taught artist
who came to prominence in the 1970s with his large pit-fired ceramic sculpture installations. He has exhibited steadily since 1980, both locally and internationally in Scotland and Hungary. His works are held in
many public and private collections throughout New Zealand. A twenty-year survey exhibition of Moses’ practice was held at the Dunedin Public Gallery in 2008.