Kōrero: Public and street art

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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Private collection
Photograph by Emily Tutaki

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Public and street art - Public sculpture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/44468/russell-clark-anchor-stones-auckland (accessed 9 December 2021)

He kōrero nā Kerryn Pollock, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014