Kaipara Strata, 1992

Photo by David Hartley

Gibbs Farm, Auckland, New Zealand

This is the first sculpture installed on Gibbs Farm and is partly my response to tilted sandstone strata formations interspersed with rock pools, which are strikingly visible below the site in the mudflats at low tide. Close by is a vast estuarine intertidal zone of mangroves and floodways which, from above, resemble a graph of dots and dashes. These, along with the remoteness, the exposure to winds and the severe erosion of the land were the predominant inspiration for the sculpture.