4 Plinths Sculpture Award #6 Invitation for submissions

22 Sep 2016

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The Wellington Sculpture Trust commissions temporary sculptures at two yearly intervals for siting on the four concrete ‘plinths’ on the harbour-side boundary of the forecourt of Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, Wellington.

Through the quality of the artworks installed in previous rounds, the growing awareness and reputation of the project, and the prominence of the site which is one of the most visited in New Zealand, this project provides a prestigious opportunity for established and emerging artists alike. 

To date five sculptures have been commissioned in this series: Green Islands by Regan Gentry, 2008-2010; Mimetic Brotherhood by Peter Trevelyan, 2010-2012; Out of the Dusk by Joanna Langford 2012-2014; Rita Angus used to grow her own vegetables, by Glen Hayward and a (very) brief history of aotearoa by Kereama Taepa, 2016 . Descriptions and photographs of these can be seen on the Trust’s website.

This brief is to facilitate the selection of the sixth, to be installed in February 2018.

Key Points

  • Proposals on A3 boards to be submitted by 17 October 2016
  • Proposals to be accompanied by a fee of $30, cash, cheque or bank deposit
  • The selected artist receives $40,000 to fabricate and install the artwork and retains ownership of it for subsequent sale or disposal
  • Fabrication to take place in 2017 for installation in early 2018.

To download the full brief please click here.

Please read the brief carefully.

The project forms part of the New Zealand International Arts Festival’s visual arts programme.

The first installation was Green Islands, 2008-10 by Regan Gentry. His wire trees were an ironic response to the absence of vegetation in the stark, open site.

The second was Mimetic Brotherhood, 2010-12 by Peter Trevelyan. His four rubberised, abstract shapes engulfed the plinths, their shiny steel surfaces reflecting and mimicking everything within range – clouds, the harbour, and passers-by.

The third was Out of the Dusk, 2012-14 by Joanna Langford. It reflects the artist’s response to environmental degradation and  to the industrial features of the harbour close by.

The fourth was Rita Angus used to grow her own vegetables, by Glen Hayward was in place from 2014-2016 and featured four replica shards of broken pottery from the Rita Angus house garden. Constructed of laminated macrocarpa and painted to the finish of crockery, the shards were 50 times the scale of the originals with the patterns carefully reproduced.

With funding from Wellington City Council, Wellington Community Trust and Wellington Waterfront Ltd