The Absolute Divide

It was a stunning autumn day…

View towards Pirongia

View towards Pirongia

Following the signing of a deed of settlement of Ngati Haua historic treaty claims at the Tauwhare Marae, King Tuheitia, Treaty Negotiations Minister Hon. Chris Finlayson and guests from Ngati Haua attended the re-dedication of ‘Absolute Divide’ at the Park.

‘Absolute Divide’ by Cheryl Reynolds portrays the 1864 confiscation line that separated the Waikato and Matamata-Piako districts. This dividing line, which also forms one of the boundaries of the Park, is visible evidence of the original confiscation line that was drawn in 1864 when the Crown confiscated land from Waikato-Tainui. The line was later used in 1876 to also determine the two district boundaries. It has indelibly changed the landscape, and to this day is still visible from the air.

This site specific installation is a series of aerial photographs electronically ‘stitched’ into one long image of more than 26m. All up, the sculpture shows a stretch of more than 40km of an historic feature that has been (and still is) an important part of the Waikato political and social culture.

John  Wakeling indicating where the Sculpture Park is on the Absolute Divide

John Wakeling indicating where the Sculpture Park is on the Absolute Divide

Cheryl is a Waikato based artist whose work is exhibited internationally.

Hera White, Dorothy Wakeling, King Tuheitea, Cheryl Reynolds

Hera White, Dorothy Wakeling, King Tuheitea, Cheryl Reynolds

More about my day to follow.

4 thoughts on “The Absolute Divide

  1. This is my favourite work in the Park and I’m glad to find out more about it and see that it is rededicated. I look forward to seeing it again.

  2. Thank you for this blogpost Marion, and for being there to witness and document what was one of the proudest days of my life. I was truly humbled and honoured. And thank you also Meliors for your lovely comments.

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