Rose Cathedral, Rose Garden, Auckland Botanic Gardens.

2008

Cast bronze

Progressive foundry; Artworks foundry

photos by Andre Van De Ven

Permanent Public Sculpture, Rose Gardens, Auckland Botanic Gardens

Commissioned by the Friends of the Gardens in 2008, unveiled in 2009.

Situated in the Rose Gardens at the Auckland Botanic Gardens.

My second public commission, elements of ‘Rose Cathedral‘ originated from ‘Short Embrace’, a medal in the 2004 MANZ exhibition. It, in turn, came from another medal, ‘Katybird‘, I did for a 2002 MANZ exhibition in which I explored ideas around the relationship to forms within nature; specifically forest dwellers; and in turn their anatomical relationship to the flora around them. This medal featured a native Tui on a branch on the obverse, and a Katydid cricket on the reverse.

In the medallic tradition of obverse and reverse, I played with the anatomical leaf forms by flipping them in a kind of rhythmic repartition.

I combined this with an exploration of the native Kowhai flower, and its emotive and expressive qualities. In a kind of Yin/Yang play of forms and energies, I coupled these forms with the solid and strong framework of the arches. These arches reflect the existing arches the Rose Garden is formed by.

Inside the arches is a nautical theme. This is a nod to my father, a seasoned yachtsman, who passed during the making of this commission.