Artwork resumes place in Sculpture Park

An artwork which depicts part of the 1864 Confiscation Line separating the Waikato and Matamata/Piako districts has been restored and re-installed at the Sculpture Park.

Absolute Divide, by Cheryl Reynolds, is a series of aerial photographs electronically ‘stitched’ into one long image of more than 26m. The images shows part of the line as it progresses from the top of Pukemoremore, in a dead straight line along Pukemoremore Road, along the northern boundary of the Sculpture Park over the hills at the back of Tauwhare along Valentines Road and north beyond Tauhei. All up, the sculpture shows a stretch of more than 40km of an historic feature that has been (and still is) an important part of the Waikato political and social culture.

The sculpture is to be re-dedicated at a ceremony with Ngati Haua kaumatua in the Sculpture Park on Friday 24 May and coincides with the treaty settlement celebrations for Ngati Haua at Tauwhare Marae where the Treaty Negotiations Minister, Chris Findlayson, will be attending on the same day.

The image is printed onto aluminium sheet and mounted on 20mm marine ply.

Cheryl Reynolds lives in the Waikato and is CEO of Soda Inc. Much of her art work has been based around boundaries and dividing lines, figurative or physical.

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