How often do artists get commissioned to create pieces of work that can be, well, as big as they want? The answer is not often. But Alan Gibb, founder of Gibb’s Farm sculpture park in New Zealand, has taken matters into his own hands and making sure that his favourite artists are getting the brief they deserve.
For the last 20 or so years, art collector Alan has been gradually gathering a handful of artists – most of them world-famous – and commissioning them to create a piece to fit into his 1,000-acre park. The criteria is simple – the art must react to the landscape, which just so happens to be incredible, undulating fields and an enormous natural harbour. With such a dreamy brief, it is not surprising that each artist has responded with full force, and has subsequently created pieces of art they would never have dreamt of creating otherwise.
Our favourite? It has to be Neil Dawson’s Horizons – a 15m high and 36m long metal outline of a piece of cloth, floating gently to the surface of the earth. Utterly breathtaking.
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