Bob's Cove Glen Tuis

Updated: Jun 18, 2019

March 2016

   2 Tui Sculptures for Glen Tui ... the new subdivision on the Queenstown to Glenorchy Road at Bob's Cove. This was a neat commission to get, during late summer 2016. It came about in a random neat way, when I casually was in Queenstown one afternoon and I saw this attractive woman in a black Range Rover Sport pulling in to drive underground in an attempt to get a park at one of the Wilson's Carparks. I think she was unsuccessful and drove out and had to keep looking for a carpark. I re call thinking at the time that this is typical, with wealthy foreign looking people swarming all over the place, adding to the dynamic growth and mix of Queenstown 's fortunes and woes. In a few minutes, the same woman appeared on the footpath right next to me, dressed to the nines in jet black everything, with dark skin and a smatter of freckles on her perfectly made up face. Next thing I was surprised and delighted when she said easily something like... " its fuck near impossible to get a carpark these days isn't it... " and I realized to my delight that she was a good down to earth kiwi girl and so we became fast friends and introduced ourselves and got talking. We actually had a business meeting 1 hour after that and formally began to plan the nuts and bolts of a dynamic sculpture commission. She is Janine Twose and is the development force behind the high quality new Glen Tui sections, along with her equally other great two Kiwi business partners, Mark and Tracy Wikstrom. The Tuis would be a cheeky pair and be installed one each side of the main entrance to the subdivision. They would be mounted on 2 big blocks of Blue Gum hardwood, which are from the area. Once I had the blocks at my workshop I began the works as the scale could be established. One tui would be perched horizontally and the other vertically. One would be twisting one way to look and the other would be doing something else. Rustic recycled steel was used and the differing textures of shadow play defined what would be the colors of the feathers. The white bridal veil of the tui's shoulder cape and the prominent wattles they have under their " chins " were done in cut up strips of old white oven ware. ( with white enamel, rather than a white paint.. ) Each tui ended up being quite big... 2.5m from beak to tail and this was a result of the way the bird sculptures always autoscale to their feet / talon size.


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