Art looks at communities moving for motorways
Fri, 18 Nov 2011 10:38p.m.
By David Farrier
John Radford is an artist fascinated by changing surroundings.
His latest work Graft is based on the idea of entire communities having to shift to make way for things like motorways.
That community then has to be grafted into another area.
Way back in 1998 Mr Radford made an epic bit of art in Ponsonby’s Western Park called Tip. Now, 13 years later he is at it again with more buildings.
But these are tiny, there are more of them and they are for sale.
“These started at $500 plus GST, and they are currently at $2012 including GST,” he says.
Made of dental stone and bronze the price goes up as demand increases, and there is demand.
He has sold 120 so far which is more houses than he has built.
The exhibition opens in the Ironbank building on Auckland’s Karangahape Road tomorrow.
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