Roche’s work with its long bright red lances of LED interspersed through the Eucalyptus grove is certainly the most significant light work by this artist; and one of several striking light-based works in the collection.
Here on the farm Roche has been granted the scale and conceptual scope to devise a work that is at once a primitive and visceral reminder of untameable nature; and yet also a playful evocation of a festive gateway to the Wild West.
Sculptor Peter Roche was born in 1957; studied at Elam School of Fine Art, University of Auckland and embarked on a performance-based practice which evolved from the early 1990s into a primary focus on light-based sculptural installations. Major
exhibitions of his work have been presented at Auckland Art Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, the 1st Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, the 1st Korean Bienniale of Contemporary Art and
Scape 2005 Christchurch Sculpture Biennial. Roche’s work is held in many public and private collections including Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, the Dunedin City Art Gallery, and the National Library of New Zealand.