The Hills is promoting a ''once-in-a-lifetime'' opportunity to get up close and personal with the sculpture collection of Sir Michael Hill at the venue for the 2013 NZ PGA championship from next week. Photo by James Beech
Sir Michael Hill is throwing open the gates of The Hills for
a rare public viewing of his international art collection, as
well as to welcome world-class golfers, when his exclusive
golf course hosts this year's New Zealand Professional
Golfers' Association Championship on February 28 to March 3.
Residents and visitors will be given a chance to see the
eerily life-sized 111-piece installation from China, titled
The Wolves are Coming,.
While visitors will not be able to wander among the main
wolves exhibit, as it will be ''in play'', a pair of the
wolves will be moved to flank the entrance of ''The 19th''
The first installation, at The Hills House, was Schist Strata
by New Zealand artist Chris Booth, which was commissioned to
reflect the schist and moraine boulder deposits from the
substructure of the land around Arrowtown.
Grant William's Untitled sculpture is on the 15th fairway,
while on the first tee is The Weta by Mark Hill, based on the
artist's childhood experience of turning over a log to find
his first weta.
Yellow Construction, by Graham Snowden, comprises six
separate geometric forms on the 14th green, while other
pieces on display include Max Patte's Solace in the Wind,
Paul Dibbles' Through the Gap, Mark Hill's Dragonflies and
Grant Palliser's Scribble.
''The 19th'' will feature the finest Central Otago food, wine
and entertainment, including a special open-air concert on
the Saturday night featuring Arrowtown band the Lynch Mob and
young Auckland singer-songwriter Jamie McDell.
Transport from Queenstown and Frankton to the event, courtesy
of NZSki, will involve regular services running throughout
the four-day tournament, including later services on the
Saturday night to cater for the concert.