Pear pressure

An eye-catching installation by artist Catherine Vowles, entitled ‘No Pear Pressure’.

An exhibition about to open at Tauwhare’s Sculpture Park will offer Waikato residents a chance to enjoy a rare lockdown event.

‘Stories in the Landscape 2021’ opens this weekend and runs to February 27. It is the 24th sculpture exhibition at the park and is thought to be one of the few events still going ahead in the Waikato.

Organiser Dorothy Wakeling said unlike previous exhibitions, this one will evolve over its duration as participating artists find ways to deliver their works in uncertain times. Some artists, particularly those in Auckland, have experienced delays in completing and sending their work and opportunities to showcase their work have diminished, she said.

“So, there will be no catalogue printed as in the past. Although it’s not how we imagined this exhibition would proceed, we have to embrace the new times we live in. The sculptures and installations will be integrated with the permanent collection of sculptures within the park as they arrive.”

Dorothy said the park was a safe venue for the exhibition in Level 3/2 or equivalent as visitors can spread out along the 2km art-in-nature trail.

The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum is a former quarry transformed into a 17.5 ha arboretum with close to 30,000 trees from around the world. The rehabilitation of the site began in 1991. Now run by the Art-in-Nature Arboretum Trust, it is considered one of New Zealand’s largest outdoor galleries, with more than 100 sculptures and installations.

Visitors to the exhibition can come between 10am and 5pm on any day. For more details go to

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