Public displays of art are a connector to the history of a place, and celebrate the creativity of the people who live there.
Public art generates pride and a sense of belonging; it commemorates achievement and memorialises shared loss.
Boffa Miskell landscape architects often collaborate with artists while shaping public spaces. Examples from Auckland include the Auckland Harbour Bridge Trestle Series by Catherine Griffiths, and St Patrick’s Square sculptures by Stephen Woodward and Mary Louise Brown.
John Goodwin and Rachel de Lambert, partners in the Auckland office, demonstrate their commitment to public art outside working hours, too. Both have long-standing relationships with two of the city’s premiere outdoor art showcases.
John lives on Waiheke Island, and is director for Community Engagement and Consents for Sculpture on the Gulf. John provides technical advice, assists with planning and obtaining the necessary resource consents around hosting the biennial event, which brings over 40,000 visitors to the island. His experience evaluating landscape and visual effects has been invaluable to the festival organisers.
The next Sculpture on the Gulf will open in March 2019 and 28 works have been selected. In addition to the large works to be mounted on the two-kilometre walkway on Waiheke’s Matiatia Headland, a small sculpture exhibition will take place at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery.
Rachel has a similar enduring relationship with another Auckland event — Sculpture in the Gardens.
The event happens at Auckland Botanical Gardens in Manurewa. Rachel joined the curatorial team for the event in 2011, and the next exhibition will be her fifth in that role.
Also a biennial event, the call for submissions to the next Sculpture in the Gardens is open. The deadline is end of February 2019, and the 2019 – 2020 exhibition opens in December.
Rachel was also just appointed to Auckland’s Public Art Advisory Panel.
The Public Art Advisory Panel was established in 2014 to assist Auckland Council with planning arts projects and programmes in public places. The panel has between seven and nine members who are appointed for a term of three years.
The selectors commented:
Rachel has a solid understanding of public art, urban design, and public realm development, as well as project management skills. She also has demonstrated strong mana whenua relationships and a wealth of knowledge regarding Auckland’s issues around development and growth, and would be an excellent addition to the Public Art Advisory Panel.
13 November 2018