Jim Wheeler

Regeneration Series: Puriri Gate Post

2011
Patinated bronze
1800 x 490 x 460mm

$13,100 (unique, version 1 of 6)
In Puriri Gate Post the revered native Puriri sprouts from a distinctively New Zealand gate post. This 'rebirth' symbolises the country's multicultural society while also emulating nature's regenerative power.

Artist Statement:

Fence and gate posts form a demarcation between nature and the humanised. Domestically and rurally New Zealand is built of cut, processed wood. The bush often ‘takes back’ by overgrowing outbuildings and fence lines usually through an owner’s abandonment or neglect.

Posts are potent symbols in New Zealand representing the conquering of Nature/Ownership/Colonization. A sprouting post is more than an enigma; it is a metaphor of the Power of Nature to overcome all obstacles. An image we humans should take to heart.

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