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SHELTER building design commission
July 2017
   Its not every day somebody comes along, sees our home, and sculpture... and then commissions the design and direction of a building for them.
And so this is what happened with the Glenorchy Campground re development project. Not your average construction job going on here, but a " green build ", off the grid, " Living Building Challenge, " Net Zero Energy "... presenting for the world to admire and learn from… a project from the future, about the future, as an example of what can be possible for everyone. Right now.
Composting toilets, solar garden power generation, ultra insulation, bedrock heat utilization... the list goes on. You get the picture.
An accommodation centre and campground so bold, set in, the beautiful location of Glenorchy - the brainchild with passion from philanthropists Paul & Debbi Brainerd, who have a southern hemisphere home here at the Head of Lake Wakatipu.
Was the project in danger of being too alien? Of having such high tech formidable new things that possibly it might lack local soul? Maybe but what could help it along - would be to let a local sculptor loose to design and direct one community shelter building, where the guests might coagulate around an old world open fire place, under the twisted and sunbleached beams of a big shed with aged old stonework, that could have been hand stacked by the pioneering shepherds who tended sheep flocks at the head of the lake in the 19th century.
Job done. Thanks Paul & Debbi.
Enjoy.
I have done so, working with you. Doing this thing.
You made it easy.

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Rustic NZ Eagle Installation
May 2017
   One of the most beautiful big Eagles made… found its roost and home, on a natural schist rock mound.. itself sculpted smooth and formed during the recent Ice Age in the Wakatipu Area, ending about 5000 years ago.
For this install, a new set of talons were made on location, followed by cutting and removing the massive 7m wingspan bird from its production mount atop a concrete plinth in Glenorchy.
Pretty cool having the right tools and men to assist with this in the form of Gilly, with JCB, placing the bird on his bespoke high quality articulated trailer unit combined to his Falcon flat deck…. And then the owner of the sculpture, Tony, lifting the bird up to the schist outcrop with his 20 ton digger and holding it in place for the welding of the ankles to the new talons.
With this installation, the images say it all. Easily one of the most supreme locations and install for the massive Rustic NZ Eagle, resulting in the presence of the bird being beyond Tony’s expectation of what he thought it would be like.

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Jacks Point NZ eagle
mid April 2017
   Up to Glenorchy one day to see us, came Guenther and his wife Louise. It was his birthday and his gift to himself was the commissioning of a BIG eagle.
It was to be sited on a prominent natural schist rock outcrop on the edge of his uber cool half underground Thunderbirds are go type slick mansion on the premium lake proximity strip at Jacks Point. And what's more.. he wanted a Helicopter to lift the Eagle in to place
A year went by and we were able to find ourselves with Guenther s big Eagle at the front of the queue - it was game on, let's get welding.
The talons were made on location, form fitted to the rock and then the rock map topography was re created on our new big " sculpture platform " trailer and from there, the bird grew at the workshop.
It was delivered to Guenther's place at 5.30 am in mid April, with the massive bird braced and towering on the trailer, making its way safely through the quiet roads of Queenstown, in the dead of the night.
Heli install happened the following day, with Nick Nicholson piloting his heavy lift Squirrel with a 100 foot long strop D shackled to the birds flight hook on its powerful shoulders.
Thanks Guenther, for this job
I was born for this type of commission

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NZ EAGLE Installation
June 2017
   It was about a year ago when Matt phoned out of the blue and said he would love to have an Eagle and could we meet to discuss. Well, this is my kind of meeting and it was one of those " oh man, this is so neat, these people, the way they present, the current chapter of their lives - it felt good to be part of the same race as this wonderful tight couple with a not yet 1 year old young son.."
Matt and Mandy & Lenox
Could have been auditioning for their own movie.. think not just good looking but both of them super model type good looking and as it transpired, kiwi as, the same as us, down to earth and on a roll. The little we learned about their lives, seemed to be perfect as a movie script in a simply serendipitous way.. Currently residing off shore and with a newly purchased NZ super home at Tuckers Beach Queenstown..
It became clear that their love of fine things - collecting beauty and purpose to surround them. And so they commissioned a NZ Eagle, to be perched / landing on a rock and also purchased the " fleeing Young Moa " sculpture, counter balanced on a schist rock.
Thank you, you charming humans
It feels very good to realise our sculptures are in the company other very fine artworks you have.

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