• Nicola Rees

Art in the Landscape

Last weekend the northland branch of the New Zealand institute of landscape architects was treated to a talk from a northland sculpture and national treasure Chris Booth. He shared his story and extensive body of work with us, over lunch at the Plough and Feather in Kerikeri, his hometown.

Chris has created work in locations here at home and around the world, drawing on the spirit and culture of each locality. A particularly iconic piece to experience, for those who are still travelling overseas, be sure to visit the ‘Cave’ that forms the entranceway to the Kāti Kuri marae at Kaikōura.

A piece closer to home is Waka and Wave, located along the loop walk off Hatea drive between 1998 and 2006. The work was created in collaboration with Te Warihi Hetaraka and is described as a comment on colonisation.

Chris’s work is always informed by the genius loci or spirit of a place and local people whose culture and history is intertwined with the landscape. Some of his more recent works employ fungi as co-creatures in pieces that change and morph over time and have a sense of change and impermanence that is in stark contrast to the weight and scale of the materials he uses.

For more details go to his website at: http://www.chrisbooth.co.nz/

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