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Gibbs Farm – New Zealand

Kaipara Harbour  |  New Zealand  | 

Gibbs Farm – New Zealand

Gibbs Farm is an unusual setting for a sculpture collection. The North Auckland property is dominated by the Kaipara Harbour, the largest harbour in the Southern hemisphere. The harbour is so vast it occupies the whole western horizon.

It’s as if giants had dropped their toys on green grass hills. At the Gibbs Farm sculpture park, opened in 1991, on the coast of New Zealand, art and nature correspond in a way that emphasizes the monumentality of both. Since the 1960s, entrepreneur Alan Gibbs has collected works by Richard Serra, Sol LeWitt, Andy Goldsworthy, George Rickey, and Daniel Buren—all artists known for grand outdoor gestures. But even art aficionados are amazed by the dimensions of these site-specific sculptures, some of which extend—in the case of Goldsworthy’s Arches—into the water. It’s not surprising that the park has become a visitor magnet. If you’re looking to be one of them, however, book a tour as early as possible: Gibbs Farm is open to the public only one day a month.

For more information on the Gibbs Farm visit this post by the Independent Collectors and have a look in the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors.

Neil Dawson, Horizons, 1994. © Gibbs Farm
Neil Dawson, Horizons, 1994. © Gibbs Farm
Maya Lin, A Fold in the Field, 2013, 105,000 cu m earth-fill covering ca. 30,000 sq m (3 ha)
Maya Lin, A Fold in the Field, 2013, 105,000 cu m earth-fill covering ca. 30,000 sq m (3 ha)
Graham Bennett, Sea/Sky Kaipara, 1994, 4 tri-part stainless steel and glass units, 2 x 2.1 x 25 m
Graham Bennett, Sea/Sky Kaipara, 1994, 4 tri-part stainless steel and glass units, 2 x 2.1 x 25 m
Zhan Wang, Floating Island of Immortals, 2006. Gibbs Farm. Photo: David Hartley-Mitchell
Zhan Wang, Floating Island of Immortals, 2006. Gibbs Farm. Photo: David Hartley-Mitchell
Anish Kapoor, Dismemberment, Site 1, 2009. © Gibbs Farm
Anish Kapoor, Dismemberment, Site 1, 2009. © Gibbs Farm
Marijke de Goey, The Mermaid, 1999, welded and painted tubular steel, 10 x 3 x 32 m
Marijke de Goey, The Mermaid, 1999, welded and painted tubular steel, 10 x 3 x 32 m
Andy Goldsworthy, Arches, 2005, pink leadhill sandstone blocks stacked into 11 freestanding arches. Each arch is 7 m long with each block 1.4 m²
Andy Goldsworthy, Arches, 2005, pink leadhill sandstone blocks stacked into 11 freestanding arches. Each arch is 7 m long with each block 1.4 m²
Sol LeWitt, Pyramid (Keystone NZ), 1997, standard concrete blocks, 7.75 x 16 x 16 m
Sol LeWitt, Pyramid (Keystone NZ), 1997, standard concrete blocks, 7.75 x 16 x 16 m
Russell Moses, Kaipara Waka, 1996, site sourced rock, 4 x 20 m
Russell Moses, Kaipara Waka, 1996, site sourced rock, 4 x 20 m
Richard Serra, Te Tuhirangi Contour, 1999/2001. © Gibbs Farm
Richard Serra, Te Tuhirangi Contour, 1999/2001. © Gibbs Farm
Len Lye, Wind Wand, 2003, red fibreglass tube, 45m x 200 mm
Len Lye, Wind Wand, 2003, red fibreglass tube, 45m x 200 mm
Len Lye, Wind Wand, 2003, red fibreglass tube, 45m x 200 mm
Len Lye, Wind Wand, 2003, red fibreglass tube, 45m x 200 mm
Zhan Wang, Floating Island of Immortals, 2006. Gibbs Farm. Photo: David Hartley-Mitchell
Zhan Wang, Floating Island of Immortals, 2006. Gibbs Farm. Photo: David Hartley-Mitchell
Peter Nicholls, Rakaia, 1996/1997, locally sourced eucalyptus wood painted with timbacryl, 4 x 5 x 60 m
Peter Nicholls, Rakaia, 1996/1997, locally sourced eucalyptus wood painted with timbacryl, 4 x 5 x 60 m
Eric Orr, Electrum (for Len Lye), 1997, Tesla coil, stainless steel electrode on a fibreglass column support on a concrete base with tiled black granite, 3 x 3 x 14 m
Eric Orr, Electrum (for Len Lye), 1997, Tesla coil, stainless steel electrode on a fibreglass column support on a concrete base with tiled black granite, 3 x 3 x 14 m
Peter Roche, Saddleblaze, 2008, 100 LED units of varying lengths, 1.1 km
Peter Roche, Saddleblaze, 2008, 100 LED units of varying lengths, 1.1 km
George Rickey, Column of Four Squares Eccentric Gyratory (III), 1990 / 1995, 4 stainless steel squares,  9 x 9 x 15 m
George Rickey, Column of Four Squares Eccentric Gyratory (III), 1990 / 1995, 4 stainless steel squares, 9 x 9 x 15 m
Tony Oursler, Mud Opera, 2008, 3 video projections, landscape scale
Tony Oursler, Mud Opera, 2008, 3 video projections, landscape scale
Leon van den Eijkel, Red Cloud Confrontation in Landscape, 1996, 25 cast formed and painted  concrete cubes, 17.5 x 17.5 m
Leon van den Eijkel, Red Cloud Confrontation in Landscape, 1996, 25 cast formed and painted concrete cubes, 17.5 x 17.5 m
Marijke de Goey, Tango Dancers, 2014. © Gibbs Farm
Marijke de Goey, Tango Dancers, 2014. © Gibbs Farm

All images courtesy of Gibbs Farm