With the view of tendering a sculpture proposal I visited the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail an hour north of Auckland. Set in a valley with an accompanying vineyard it is beautifully done with dense bush, open fields, kauri forest, ponds and lakes and has attracted all the big names of NZ sculpture. At the beginning they have constructed a glasshouse over the largest pond where you can taste the wines or have a coffee and platter while you peruse the artists bios or just watch the ducks and geese paddling amongst the kinetic sculptures.
I sound like I'm writing a travel brochure but it is well laid out, well documented and well administered if a little lacking in humour and sedate. It needs one of those kinetic sculptures like a mad womans' breakfast in front of the Georges Pompidou in Paris, who was it, Tanguay? can't remember except that he was Swiss.
My favourite was Gregor Kregars' Brick Bay Polyhedron, above, with it's polished stainless steel facets reflecting all parts of the site into one giant collage.
So it's onto the drawing board to design a site specific work and hope it gets accepted.