Gallery Gets Art Outdoors

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Media Release: December, 2009. 

City Gallery launches new Sculpture Trails for Wellington

Inspired by the overwhelming popularity of its new programme of public events and tours, City Gallery Wellington has commissioned two new sculpture trails that everyone can take part in, anytime, free of charge. Two colourful Art Explorer Guides, the Civic Square Sculpture Trail and the Waterfront Sculpture Trail, will encourage Wellington to engage with many of its stunning public art works and prompt the discovery of the city’s outdoor galleries.

We are all familiar with Neil Dawson’s Ferns, but many people may not have discovered Chris Booth’s Silent People lurking in the cabbage trees by the library. Also included in the Civic Square Sculpture Trail is Mary Louise Browne’s Seven Steps to Heaven near the visitors’ centre. The Waterfront Sculpture Trail features Paul Dibble’s Fruits of the Garden and Tanya Ashken’s Albatross as well as interesting facts and anecdotes about the Writers’ Walk. The guides are both written by educator Miri Young, whose quirky observations and musings on each work will keep the whole family hooked and “on trail”. Wellington designer Nic Marshall has lent her magic hand to ensure the guides are fun and engaging for all ages.

“I can’t wait to see families and friends leading their own tours of the wonderful sculptures that surround the Gallery,” says Kirsty Glengarry, Manager of Public Programmes and Education at City Gallery. “We know from our busy schedule of group bookings that there is huge interest in the contemporary visual arts from a range of communities. These gorgeous little guides will let people also engage with the art works outside the Gallery, in their own time and at their own pace. They are the perfect thing for families to do for free, or for schools to use as an outdoor activity.”

The sculpture trails have been developed with funding from Wellington City Council’s Public Art Panel and are available at City Gallery Wellington, Wellington City Council, the i-Site Visitor Centre, the Central Library, Capital E and the Museum of Wellington, City and Sea. They can also be downloaded from www.citygallery.org.nz