Gulf sculpture returns to Waiheke in 2019



New Zealand’s largest sculpture event to experience large-scale art returns in March. The Perpetual Guardian on the Gulf Sculpture is your chance to experience some of the most ambitious and striking works of New Zealand’s top artists.

Organized from Friday March 1 to Sunday March 24, it presents 28 works, corresponding, if not competing, to works from previous events. Visitors can walk the two-kilometer walkway while enjoying the view of the spectacular Matiatia promontory. It takes between an hour and a half and two and a half hours. The walkway is not sealed and can be quite narrow in some places with the busiest hours being Saturdays and Sundays.

This year’s artists include Anton Forde, Brit Bunkley and Andrea Gardner, Brydee Rood, Chris Bailey, David McCracken, Elliot Collins, Euan Lockie, Jae Kang, James Russell, James Wright, Jeff Thomson, Jon Hall, Kauri Hawkins, Kazu Nakagawa and Pacific Environments Architects, Kereama Taepa, Leon van den Eijkel, Mandy Cherry Joass, Natalie Guy, Ngāhina Hohaia, Phil Price, Robert Jahnke, Sally Smith, Shannon Novak, Sharonagh Montrose, Shelley Simpson, Tim Barlow, Tyler Jackson and Virginia King.

In addition to the promenade, the Waiheke Community Art Gallery will also feature an exhibition of small sculptures.

A drama trip, the event was called a “must see” by The New York Times, and tens of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the island this year.

So, mark it on your calendar and prepare to be enchanted by the contemporary sculpture inspired by the beautiful landscape – it is certainly something all locals and visitors alike can enjoy.


What: Sculpture on the Gulf

When: March 1 – 24, 2019

Or: Matiatia Wharf, Ocean View Rd, Waiheke Island



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