|Horizons appears as a giant, Lichtenstein-esque falling sheet on a green hillside in New Zealand.|
Photo: David Hartley, from Neil Dawson's website
Thanks to my friend Jane, I recently came across this photo of Neil Dawson's sculpture Horizons, but as it turns out I've been admiring his work in situ for quite a while.
|Horizons 1994 Welded and painted steel 15 x 10 x 36m Photo © Gibbs Farm website|
My first encounter with Neil Dawson was in Wellington, where his site specific sculpture Ferns hangs above Civic Square like a silver moon.
|Ferns, Photo from Neil Dawson's website|
|The Rock, another sculpture of Neil's in Wellington which I caught myself admiring from our parking garage.|
Neil's work struck me again on the first day I saw the earthquake damage in Christchurch. We were allowed to walk through a fenced off area of downtown, and among the shattered buildings, weeds and historical cathedrals, I spied something beautiful: the Chalice.
Standing tall, shining and glowing with an inner blue light that seemed somehow more spectacular against the overcast sky, it impressed me immediately.
|The Chalice, Photo by Dave Foster, from Neil Dawson's website|
His work was unwittingly featured on my blog before, in my post about Brisbane, when I saw his piece in the sky above the Queensland Art Gallery. At the time I had no idea who had made it, but I knew I liked it.
|Canopy, by Neil Dawson|
Have you ever heard of an artist/musician/etc. only to discover you loved them all along?
See more of Neil's work at his website.