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Russell Clark, 'Anchor stones', Auckland

Russell Clark, 'Anchor stones', Auckland

Painter and sculptor Russell Clark was at the forefront of a new approach to public sculpture that emerged after the Second World War. Contemporary, non-commemorative sculpture began appearing in public places in the 1950s. Prior to this public sculptures were chiefly memorials to people or events.

Clark's 'Anchor stones' (1958–59) were placed next to the Bledisloe Building in central Auckland and have been there ever since. They represent the anchor stones of the Matahourua and Tainui waka (canoes), which transported the first Polynesian migrants to New Zealand in the 13th century. 

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Public and street art - Public sculpture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/44468/russell-clark-anchor-stones-auckland (accessed 22 November 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 22 Oct 2014