Te Waimate by Chris Booth.
Chris Booth, born in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands in 1948.
Inspired by the branches and trunks of neighbouring Nikau, Kahikatea and Kauri, Te Waimate stands at a vertical height of over 6.5 metres. The basalt stones which are approximately 450mm in diameter and were sourced from Waimate.
In the early sixties Booth was taught by Selwyn Te Ngareatua Wilson, who was his teacher at Northland College in Kaikohe. Wilson helped nurture that early interest of combining art and nature into a passion.
He studied at Ilam, University of Canterbury. When he was nineteen years old he travelled by sea to learn from the prominent British modernist, Barbara Hepworth in St. Ives, Cornwall. After this he then went on to study with Quinto Ghermandhi in Verona, Italy.
In 1982 he was the recipient of the Frances Hodgkin’s Fellowship.
Booth is well known for his Rainbow Warrior Memorial in Matauri Bay, Northland and Gateway in Victoria Street, Auckland, Albert Park, Auckland. He is also one of New Zealand’s most internationally exhibited and celebrated artists who has public and private commissioned works in Australia, the United Kingdom, Northern and Central America at the worlds most prestigious sculpture parks such as Kroller-Muller Museum, Netherlands and Gibbs Farm, New Zealand.
Art and nature is paramount to Booth’s art practice. When looking at a site, Booth researches it extensively, for example, the origins of the land, its flora and fauna, the sprit of the land, social history and land use from ancient times to the present day.