Earthpushers | headland; Sculpture on the Gulf
28 January – 3 February 2017
Digging, shifting, transporting and selling earth around the world has been a human practice for centuries. Waiheke Island is woven into the history of this practice, as enormous quantities of sand and shingle were extracted from its beaches to build many of Auckland’s early colonial urban spaces, buildings, and road infrastructure; most notably Grafton Bridge.
Earthpushers invites the public to help transport earth over sea and from one place to another – in this case from Auckland to Waiheke. This gesture can be seen as a return to the Island as well as a time to reflect on our own relationships and histories with such earth material.
Those catching the ferry to Waiheke will be able to find the artist positioned under the clock on Pier 2. Please take one bag from here and deposit it at the artist’s drop off point near the Pavilion at Matiatia. We ask participants to only deposit the bag at the specified location – the surrounding area is a scared site for Māori.
Earthpushers is one of several hSOTG projects that involve artists engaging directly with the public in ways that are collaborative, participatory, and involve people as the medium or material of the art work.
Artist bio: sculptureonthegulf.co.nz/ artist/jeremy-leatinu-u/