This Week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge theme is “horizon.”
For an Aucklander, Rangitoto is the inevitable presence on our horizon. A roughly circular volcanic cone that sits in the Hauraki Gulf, it is visible from all over the city. It is the newest of the 60-odd volcanoes that have shaped Auckland (being only about 600 years old), and is a constant reminder of the fragile position we occupy atop an immense geological fun-fair.
So, in one sense offering Rangitoto as an image of horizon is a cliche.But I have chosen this photo because it is about more than a beautiful and ever-present natural vista – it is also an image that captures a little of my personal horizon.
The sculptures that frame Auckland’s most iconic horizon were exhibited at NZ Sculpture onShore, a biennial exhibition of sculptures by many of the country’s leading – and emerging – artists, which raises funds for Women’s Refuge in New Zealand. The exhibition is held at Fort Takapuna, overlooking the Gulf, and with Rangitoto as its backdrop.
NZ Sculpture onShore is organised by a passionate and committed group of volunteers, some of whom have been involved with the exhibition since its inception in 1994. This year, I have joined the group, as both a Trustee of the fund-raising parent body, and as a member of the Board of NZ Sculpture onShore Ltd. Being part of the largest, and one of the most prestigious, outdoor art exhibitions in the country is exciting – but even better is knowing that the exhibition makes a significant financial contribution to the work of Women’s Refuge – over NZ$ 1.3million since its inception.
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Sculpture onShore, and it is our intention to make this 10th exhibition the best yet. That’s what’s on my personal horizon.