This is the first sculpture installed on Gibbs Farm and is partly Booth’s response to tilted sandstone strata formations interspersed with rock pools, which are “strikingly visible” in the mudflats at low tide, resembling “a graph of dots and dashes”.
The work was recently, under the artists supervision, re-sited five metres directly below its original location when the rise on which it has stood was re-contoured for stability, by first digging a five metre hole next to the sculpture, lifting the work in one piece and lowering it into the hole, and then re-forming the hill around it.
Chris Booth (b. 1949) studied at Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Christcurch; and in the late 1960s two years of specialist sculpture training with Barbara Hepworth, Denis Mitchell and John Milne in the UK, and with Quinto Ghermandi in Italy. He has presented solo exhibitions of his
works in all the major public galleries in New Zealand and in prestigious Australian and Italian galleries. His work is also held in various collections throughout New Zealand, Singapore, Australia and in Europe. He has also completed site specific commissions in New Zealand, the Canary Islands, Canada,
France and most recently completed a major commission for the prestigious Kröller-Müller Museum, The Netherlands.