In the artist’s own words, this is the culmination of a series of “loosely narrative, site specific” sculptures, “laterally configured and descriptive of journeys;” in this case a response in title and braided form to Rakaia, the birthplace of Alan Gibbs.
Nicholls’ weathered and warped timbers hold within them the memory of ancient forests and the fluctuations of wet and dry seasons; so, resting in a small gully that was once a stream, they are also suggestive of the Kaipara’s changing seasons and landscape.
Peter Nicholls was born in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1936 and now lives and works in Dunedin, New Zealand. He was educated at the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts, Christchurch, the Auckland Teachers' College and University of Auckland Elam
School of Fine Arts, Auckland. Nicholls represented New Zealand in the Edmonton Commonwealth Games Sculpture Symposium in 1978, and spent that year as a graduate assistant at the University of Wisconsin, USA. Nicholls’ sculptural practice
spans more than 40 years and includes numerous large-scale sculptural works held in private and public collections internationally. In 2010 the Dunedin Public Art Gallery presented a major retrospective of his work.