February 15, 2011

Headland 2011

Only one week to go to catch this year's Headland: Sculpture on the Gulf. We went last week as the sun was going down over the city and the heat was bearable for the trek across.
It's not the first time we've been to this biennual event: check my (short) reviews of 2005 and 2009.

Again a very mixed bag of art, some funny and whimsical, some pretentious and baffling, with most horribly overpriced. The corrugated iron weed matting was especially a waste of effort (what a lot of man hours must have gone into that) and it looked messy. My favourite? "You Are Here" by Matt Akehurst (pictured): iconic yellow New Zealand road signs pointing to a number of iconic western art works and their distances away from where you are now. A perfect illustration of New Zealand's cultural cringe being so far removed from the art canon and probably never be able to contribute to it.
I heard the artist will change the distance indicators depending on where you will place it in your garden.

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