A public art trust, Mesh, raised the funds for a dramatic art work by Oh Seung Yul. It is installed outside our new Claudelands Events Centre.
The work was blessed according to Maori tradition, and those at the unveiling were invited to walk down both sides running their hands along it. We were told that this is a sculpture to interact with. It can be lain on, sat on and climbed on.
To recognise the cultural heritage of the artist, a Korean dancer performed a breathtaking dance as part of the unveiling ceremony. We were also treated to performances from the little ones who attend Miropiko Kindergarten and the Hamilton East Primary School kapahaka group.
Oh Seung Yul said his work was taken from a heart beat graph. “It comes from my thinking about the purpose of the Claudelands Centre and the activities of sports, concert, convention etc that will take place there – the excitement and emotions that are experienced with our heart and body. It may also describe the life of the site and what has gone before, together with the current heart beat of the building… The sculpture is intended to reach out to visitors as it is sit-able, slide-able – visually inviting people to connect with it.”
Oh Seung Yul finally had his wish – to lie down on the sculpture after all his hard work!
Many thanks from the citizens of Hamilton to Nancy Caiger, Chair of the Mesh Trust, and to all the trustees, donors and craftspeople who made this magnificent art work.