Sculpture in the Country
Gladstone Vineyard, Carterton
This was the third ‘Sculpture in the Country’ event to be held, and the first to have the exterior art on display at a vineyard. Over 45 artists from around the country contributed over 100 sculptures, with visitors able to purchase the exhibition pieces.
Along with wine (well the sculptures were placed in a vineyard), attendees could also enjoy live music. The event raised money for Wairarapa Women’s Refuge.
I loved the way some of the sculptures were arranged within the natural environment of the Gladstone Vineyard property, especially Crocodile, by Carl Gifford, emerging from the lake.
The sculptures were extremely varied in style and the material used.
Here are photos of some of my favourite sculptures on display:
A clever use of native driftwood, this sculpture and was very impressive when rounding the bend of the vineyard’s driveway – Roaring Stag by Jack Marsden-Mayer.
The wings of this artwork moved in the wind. Odanatas Reprise by Doug Kennedy ($9,990).
Qualis Vita Finis Ita was created by Niko Thomsen. The old car has hundreds of bugs, made from milk steel, crawling over and inside the vehicle. This piece was on sale for $13,000, so I admired from afar, plus it would never have fitted in my suitcase back to Auckland.
Every winery should have a dog, and I thought these two were gorgeous.
Hells Bells ($1,150) was created by J & R Nott/Hassall. Strung up between two trees, the bells tinkled in the wind.
I’m imagining this would be from a very large bottle of Bubbles. After Dinner Play, made from wood and steel by Doug Kennedy ($5,000).
An intricate work of barbed wire and steel from artist, Brett Harman, created Hurricane ($14,000).
Chairs balancing between the vines, made from zinc and granite. The Opposeat by Ben Beemsterboer.
Stueart Welsh used Corten Steel to create this giant jigsaw piece, called Piece of Sky.
In a nutshell: Wine, music, food and art. A lovely way to discover the Wairarapa.