At 11 am on Friday the 6th of September 2019, Creative Northland (CN) and the Whangarei District Council (WDC) co-hosted the unveiling ceremony of Steve Molloy’s Sculpture ‘Intrepid Journey’ which has been installed in the recently renovated Bascule Park. Molloy is a multi award-winning New Zealand Artist and Photographer from Taranaki and was the winner of the WDC ‘Journey’ Award at the 2018 Whangarei Sculpture Symposium.
The Sculpture Symposium was a 10-day event with over 20 artists participating. They were asked to create a form that related to ‘Journey’ based on first encounters, exploring and navigating. The installation of the Intrepid Journey is a tribute to the Tuia Encounters 250 Celebrations commemorating Cook’s and Tupaia’s exploration of our coast as Navigators.
The winning sculpture was created out of two stones. The top stone is Taranaki Andesite which Molloy brought from Taranaki and the base stone is Basalt sourced locally in Whangarei.
Molloy says, ‘the curve of the stone is about the wind and the stars as our ancestors set forth on their Intrepid Journey’. It’s about knowledge from the past to use in the present, that guides us into the future.
Sue Hodge Manager for Parks and Recreation says ‘The sculpture will be a highlight for the park and something for the community to enjoy while they walk the loop or relax at the park’.
Creative Northland’s General Manager, HInurewa te Hau commented that this is the second of the award-winning sculptures to be installed. The other is ‘He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata’ created by Graham Nathan and Anthony Dunn whose works are now installed at the Kerikeri Airport in the Bay of Islands.
Te Hau says ” it is very fulfilling to have two public artworks installed that commemorate this time in history.”
The Whangarei Sculpture Symposium is a biennial event, the next one is March 2020.