Whanganui UCOL lecturer wins sculpture award
Whanganui UCOL Fine Arts Lecturer Brit Bunkley’s sculpture, Hear my train a comin' has been selected as the winner of Sculpture Whanganui 2011.
Brit’s concept was chosen by judge Mercedes Vincente, the curator of contemporary art at New Plymouth's Govett-Brewster Art Gallery from a shortlist of four. She said Bunkley's work was tight and rigorous, formally and conceptually. She liked its references to local history.
"What ultimately drew me to this work is its site specificity to Whanganui's historical context, both in its subject (referencing Whanganui as the former centre of the railroad workshops) and use of materials (the pavers of Main Street that resonate with the bricks found along the riverbank)."
The work was a nostalgic and celebratory embracing of local history, she said, as well as being about the potential rejuvenation of an old form of transport.
Brit will receive $50,000 to make the sculpture, which will be placed on the riverbank near Daniel Clifford's Balancing Act.