Sculpture on show in town for six weeks

This art installation appeared at the intersection of Ardmore and Helwick Sts in Wanaka on...
This art installation appeared at the intersection of Ardmore and Helwick Sts in Wanaka on Wednesday and is big enough to walk around inside.PHOTO: KERRIE WATERWORTH
With eight weeks to go until Christmas you could be forgiven for thinking a giant pop-up sculpture on the shores of Wanaka was heralding the onset of the festive season.

The metal fabrication sculpture Deep Thought by art collective Hybycozo was installed by the Lakes District Arts Trust on reserve land at the intersection of Ardmore and Helwick Sts this week.

Trust chairwoman Jeri Elliot said it was introduced to Hybycozo’s work during lockdown, and members were inspired by the name Deep Thought.

"We felt that this title was poignant and meaningful, with a connection to our current reality.

"We are thrilled to offer our community the experience of this world-class piece."

Hybycozo was the work of Yelena Filipchu, Serge Beaulieu and an assortment of fabricators, handlers and installers who had created, fabricated and installed artwork all over the world.

Deep Thought was inspired by art, physics, maths, light and technology, and it was also interactive in the sense you could walk inside it, Ms Elliott said.

A Hybycozo spokesperson described the sculpture as "a nod to the district’s vast connection to the wider world that we are currently separated from".

"As with the temporary nature of the downturn in international guests, this art piece will be here and will go away again as a fleeting masterpiece."

The sculpture will spend six weeks on the Wanaka shore reserve before moving to Queenstown for six weeks in early January.

Coincidentally, if you are looking for a Christmas present like no other, Deep Thought is for sale — 10% of the proceeds will be given to the Lakes District Arts Trust.


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