Hobsonville Land Company, Hobsonville Wharf, Auckland. 2013.
The work was conceived as a symbolic eel-trap or Hinaki; an anthropomorphic form of a female figure as a symbol of nurturing the environment. The work alludes to precious classical amphora.
Historically the tidal flats at Tahingamanu, the Wai arohia Inlet and the Punawai stream were abundant breeding grounds for eels, fish and shellfish. The sculpture is a reference to estuarine life forms in the upper harbour;
The sculpture is designed to pass through a circular hole in the wharf and reveal views of water below. Depending on tidal conditions.
Two engraved rings like ripples round the sculpture, encircle the artwork. The echoing the central space where the artwork emerges from the wharf. The engraved text is from the poem Eel, by Fiona Farrell.
In sunlight the sculpture casts strong shadows. In mist and sea fog, the form becomes a powerful figure. At night, blue spot lights located beneath the wharf reflect light off the surface of the water up through the work, and attract small fish.
Dimensions: H 6 metres x W 1800mm
Diameter hole of 900mm.
Materials: Marine grade 316 stainless steel