A Corporate Development Memorial Outdoor Public Seating Sculpture, 2016
Eucalyptus saligna, pine and engraved plaque
3,000 x 2,700 x 2,700 mm
A Corporate Development Memorial Outdoor Public Seating Sculpture conflates two contexts to provoke reflection on the recent attempts at commercial development around Matiatia, Waiheke. The sculpture absurdly mimics the main product display from fashion label Balenciaga’s flagship store in Paris. A shop fitting is recast as both a cenotaph-like structure and outdoor seating.
The sculpture operates as a welcome rest stop on the trail; a place to sit and take in the spectacular views to the bay. Yet, given its borrowed interior design proportions it may not make particularly comfortable seating. As a memorial, the work refers to the failed attempts by Waitemata Infrastructure Ltd and Waiheke Marinas Ltd respectively to build a major shopping/hotel complex and large private marina at Matiatia Bay. As well as ignoring the conventions of memorials, A Corporate Development Memorial Outdoor Public Seating Sculpture is also an uneasy allegory for the uncertain future of the island.