Curves within curves

fern fronds

Ponga (silver fern) fronds — or koru. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Ferns grow abundantly in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the silver fern (ponga) has become one of our most recognisable national symbols, with both leaf and frond used widely in art and branding.

The koru (literally loop in Maori), or unfurled frond, is highly symbolic to Maori. It is frequently depicted across all Maori visual arts (something already mentioned by Ann-Christine in her ‘Curve’ post), and symbolises growth and the continuation of life as well as strength, endurance and power.

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A sharp angular plinth only accentuates the continuous curve of Arissara Reed & Davin Nurimba’s ‘Acoustic Chamber‘, 2015. Seen at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

For anyone who knows me, it will be no surprise that I’ve chosen images of sculptures for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge on the theme of curve. If there is anything unexpected here, it’s that I’ve been so restrained in the number of images chosen.

Bernar Venet, '88.5° ARC x 8'. Seen at Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, Kaipara, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

Curved corten steel ribs form Bernar Venet, 88.5° ARC x 8. Seen at Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, Kaipara, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

It’s difficult to convey the scale of Anish Kapoor’s ‘Dismemberment, Site 1. The work is 85 metres long (278 feet); a steel and fabric tube whose ends are 25 metres x 8 metres (82 feet x 26 feet). It literally sits between two hills on a vast rural estate facing the Kaipara Harbour.

Anish Kapoor, 'Dismemberment Site 1'. Seen at Gibbs Farm Sculpure Park, Kairpara, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2015.

Anish Kapoor, Dismemberment, Site 1. Seen at Gibbs Farm Sculpure Park, Kaipara, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2015.

Anish Kapoor, 'Dismemberment Site 1'. Seen at Gibbs Farm Sculpure Park, Kairpara, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2015.

Anish Kapoor, Dismemberment, Site 1. Seen at Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, Kaipara, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2015.

Anish Kapoor, Dismemberment, Site 1. Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, Kaipara Harbour, NZ. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Anish Kapoor, Dismemberment, Site 1. Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, Kaipara Harbour, NZ. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Of course size isn’t everything. Potter Rod Davies creates domestic-scale ceramic works; many of which are based on curving forms. ‘Ocean Swell’ is one of my favourites.

Rod Davies, 'Ocean Swell.' Seen at Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens. Photo: Su Leslie 2013

Rod Davies, ‘Ocean Swell.’ Seen at Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens. Photo: Su Leslie 2013