09 June 2013

Neil Dawson’s Horizons for the Gibbs Farm

Dawson’s Horizons is one of the earliest sculptures to be commissioned for the Gibbs Farm. Sitting as it does on one of the highest points in the property it is also one of the few works that can be seen from the road. This seems fitting given the way the tromp l’oeil character of the work is suggestive of a giant piece of corrugated iron that might have blown in from a collapsed water tank on some distant farm, only to rest precariously until the next gale lifts it into the air again.
An unusual setting for a sculpture collection, this North Auckland property is dominated by the Kaipara Harbour. To appreciate all the artwork on the Farm it is a good 3 - 4 hr walk over undulating farmland and a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required.