New Zealand Art
New Zealand is not only the country where Lord of the Rings was filmed, but also it is one of the most prosperous states in the world. Green hills, endless fields on which flocks of sheep graze, excellent ecology, clean rivers … Perhaps, these lands can be rightfully called one of the most beautiful on Earth.
New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud, is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean. It has two main islands, North and South Island, separated by Cook Strait. Both islands have mountains and hills. The Southern Alps are a long chain of mountains on South Island and they are often wrapped in clouds. The Maori are the first people to live in New Zealand. They came to there from the group of islands called Polynesia. Both English and Maori are national languages.
This country is known for Merino sheep, which are famous for their wool. New Zealand also produces excellent butter, cheese, and meat.
The long-beaked kiwi, a bird that cannot fly, is found only in New Zealand. You know, it is one of the country’s national symbols. By the way, New Zealanders themselves are sometimes even called Kiwis.
New Zealand is home to a place with one of the longest names in the world, a hill called Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu.
The country’s highest peak is Mount Cook and the longest river is the Waikato. The islands have many harbors and fjords.
In 1947 New Zealand gained full independence from Britain.
Wellington is the capital city. It lies on the shores and green hills surrounding a beautiful bay. The city’s center is called Civic Square. There are the National Library, the City Gallery, and Capital Discovery Place, a science and technology museum for children. From Civic Square, you can reach Lambton Harbour by going across the City-to-Sea Bridge, which is decorated with carvings and lovely artwork.
Lake Taupo is located in the crater of an extinct volcano that has caused a massive eruption in the past 70,000 years.
The water of the local Blue Lake is one of the most transparent in the world.
In New Zealand, there are no snakes, large predators, poisonous insects and mosquitoes. But there are more species of penguins than anywhere else on the planet.
New Zealand Art
Alan Ingham, Bookend, 1941, Private collection, Christchurch. Wood
Alison Duff, Frank Sargeson, 1962, Auckland Public Library. Bronze
Allen Hutchinson, Gottfried Lindauer, 1902, Auckland Art Gallery Toi о Tamaki. Bronze
Andrew Drummond, Listening and Viewing Device, 1994, Wellington Botanic Gardens. Copper and steel
Ani O’Neill, Rainbow Country, 2001, Courtesy Sue Crockford Gallery. Wool, steel rings, 200 pieces
Anton Teutenberg, Potatau Те Whero Whero, 1867. From Shortland Street Post Office, Auckland. Stone
Anton Teutenberg, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 1866, High Court, Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland.
Anton Teutenberg, Queen Victoria, 1866, High Court, Auckland. Stone
Anton Teutenberg, Queen Victoria, 1867. From Shortland Street Post Office, Auckland. Stone
Bing Dawe, Eel – Birdling’s Flat – Black Stones, Waitaki River, 1997, Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch
Brett Graham, Manu Tawhiowhio, 1996, Auckland Institute of Technology. Wood, copper and riverstone
Carlo Bergamini, Boer War Memorial, 1906, Dunedin. Marble
Charles Kidson, John Crigg, 1905, Baring Square, Ashburton. Stone
Charlotte Fisher, The Arc, 1991, Australian sandstone and hinuera stone. Private collection, Auckland
Chris Booth, Cave, 1994-97, Takahanga Marae, Kaikoura. Stone, stainless steel cable and wire
Christine Hellyar, Clutch, Brood and Echo, 1990, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
Christopher Braddock, Suck, 1997, Private collection, Auckland. Wood
Francis (Guy) Lynch, Devonport War Memorial, 1919-24, Auckland. Bronze
Francis Shurrock, Christopher Perkins, 1932, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin. Bronze
Francis Williamson, Queen Victoria, 1897-99, Albert Park, Auckland. Bronze
George Lawson, William Sefton Moorhouse, c.1884, Botanical Gardens, Christchurch. Bronze
Greer Twiss, Touch, 1972, University of Auckland. Bronze and paint
Henry Pegram, Sir John Logan Campbell, 1904-06, Cornwall Park, Auckland. Bronze
Jeff Thomson, H.Q. Holden, 1991, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
Jeff Thomson, Pirouette, 1993, Collection of artist. Corrugated iron
John Louis Godfrey, Carved Pulpit, 1873, First Church, Dunedin. Oamaru stone
Leon Narbey, Real Time, 1970, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Installation
Margaret Butler, La Nouvelle Zelande, 1938, Museum of New Zealand Те Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
Margaret Butler, The Dreamer, c.1932, Museum of New Zealand Те Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
Marte Szirmay, Smirnoff Sculpture, 1969, Newmarket, Auckland. Aluminium sheet
Marte Szirmay, Sulis (All Seeing Eye), 1995, Private collection, Auckland. Polyester resin, concrete and pumice
Marte Szirmay, Untitled, 1975, University of Auckland. Stainless steel
Matchitt, Heritage Fountain, 1996, galvanised steel. Marine Parade, Napier.
Molly Macalister, Cat, 1938-39, Private collection. Oamaru stone
Molly Macalister, Maori Warrior, 1964-66, Queen Elizabeth II Square, Auckland. Bronze
Neil Dawson, Horizons, 1995, Keystone Trust Collection. Steel mesh
Nelson Illingworth, The Signing of the Deed of Sale of Lake Wairarapa to the Crown, 1911, Museum of New Zealand Те Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. Relief from the Papawai Monument
Nelson Illingworth, Tupai, 1907-08, Museum of New Zealand Те Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. Plaster
Paul Beadle, Bus Stop, 1969, Private collection. Bronze
Paul Beadle, University of Auckland Mace, 1969, University of Auckland (detail). Bronze on wooden staff
Peter Nicholls, Rakaia, 1996-97, Keystone Trust Collection. Australian hardwood with timbercryl
Richard Gross, The Will to Peace, exhibited at Royal Academy, London, before installation on Wellington Citizens’ War Memorial
Robert N. Field, Francis Shurrock, 1930, Private collection, Dunedin. Oamaru stone
Russell Clark, Two Figures, 1953-54, Private collection, Christchurch. Concrete
Unknown artist, Madonna and Child, c.1845, Auckland Museum Те Papa Whakahiku. Wood and paua
William Brassington, Two Hands, 1865, Provincial Council Chambers, Christchurch. Stone
William H. Wright, Auckland Centennial Memorial, 1938-39, Auckland Domain. Bronze
William H. Wright, Molly Woolcott, 1930, Auckland Art Gallery Toi о Tamaki. Bronze