Passion on The Farm

05 Jun

neil dawson horizons

The thing I love about Art World magazine is that they always manage to cut through the terrible ordinariness of gallery openings and free champagne (or cask wine, depending on the artist), to reveal what art is fundamentally about: pure passion.

In this month’s issue they feature Alan Gibbs, a Kiwi entrepreneur who owns The Farm, a 1000-acre sculpture park on New Zealand’s Kaipara Harbour.

Gibbs bought the windswept site in 1991.  Since then, he has commissioned some epic works by Neil Dawson (my favourite – above), Anish Kapoor (below, top), Andy Goldsworthy (below, centre) and Leon van den Eijkel (below, bottom), amongst others.

We can only hope that Gibbs will one day share The Farm with the public.  In the meantime, I would like to thank Art World for revealing the spectacular results of this art lover’s true passion.

Anish Kapoor

Andy Goldsworthy Arches

van den eijkel


Posted by on June 5, 2009 in art, looking, magazines


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8 responses to “Passion on The Farm

  1. Moon Over Martinborough

    June 6, 2009 at 11:53 am

    These images are fantastic. We’ve got a small olive farm in New Zealand and we’d really love to get some sculpture in some of the paddocks. But we also have cattle grazing so the sculptures would have to be cow-proof!

    • traffman

      June 6, 2009 at 12:12 pm

      This guy has alpacas, so his sculptures are at least alpaca proof… not sure about cows though!

  2. avanti1951

    July 12, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Once you’ve seen this pictures, the desire to see these pieces in the wild so to speak is overpowering. When will this ever be open to the public?

  3. Traffman

    July 12, 2009 at 8:16 am

    I know… maybe we should start a petition for Mr Gibbs… it seems like such a waste!


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