Story: Sculpture and installation art

'Smirnoff sculpture'

'Smirnoff sculpture'

Marte Szirmay's 'Smirnoff sculpture' (1969) was the first large abstract work to be commissioned in Auckland. Made from aluminium, a material usually associated with industry and commerce rather than the fine arts, its eight interlocking pieces suggest movement and life, despite the absence of organic forms. It won a sculpture competition to commemorate the centenary of the suburb of Newmarket, and is situated there in a small public square.

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Mark Stocker, 'Sculpture and installation art - Post-object art and alternatives', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Mark Stocker, published 22 Oct 2014