The planned 4km coastal walkway around Hobsonville Point will also double as our art gallery. But you don't need to wait for us to finish the walkway to get close to the works we've already commissioned. With the help of the Explore map, which you can download here, you can take yourself on an art tour. Here's what you're looking for.

Estuarine

Estuarine

Location: Launch Road
Artist: Louise Purvis
Materials: Steel, red scoria

Estuarine, which is inspired by Hobsonville Point's waterways, winds its way over and around a gabion retaining wall. The work is made of tubular baskets filled with scoria then attached to the wall. Purvis says she was thinking about the view Audrey Mills would have had of Hobsonville's sinuous waterways from the cockpit of her husband's Gipsy Moth as she leaned out to take aerial photos in the 1920s. Doug and Audrey ran Auckland's first aerial photography business from the Hobsonville airfield. Click here to see the time-lapse video of its installation.

Tree Cosy

Tree Cosy

Location: Launch Road
Artist: A team effort, led by Alison Milne of Knitted Graffiti
Materials: Pohutukawa tree, yarn

Guerilla knitting has become something of a worldwide phenomenon. Our beautiful example utilises a heritage pohutukawa as its canvas. The group of around 20 talented craftswomen responsible have woven a tribute to our local fauna into their work. Tree Cosy has a limited life span, so come and see it soon. Click here to see the time-lapse video of its installation.

From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up

Location: Hobsonville Point Park
Artist: Tiffany Singh, Wiremu Diamond, all 97 students of Hobsonville Point Primary
Materials: Timber, bamboo chimes, paint

This collaborative installation has four gates, drawing inspiration from the Japanese Torri gate tradition, the purpose of which is to divide our world and the spirit world. The artwork also pays homage to local heritage, installed in a gentle curve to frame the edge of the old runway.

Clip, Tool, Heart of Stumps

Clip, Tool, Heart of Stumps

Location: Corner Buckley Ave and Hobsonville Point Road
Artist: Steve Woodward
Materials: Marble, granite, basalt stone

These three stone carvings reference the landscape, the military heritage of the area and the present-day development. Clip refers to the regimented nature of military life. Tool has a two-sided blade symbolising the landscape before and after development. Heart of Stumps' silhoeutte reminds us of the ancient trees that covered the landscape.

Hinaki / Guardian

Hinaki / Guardian

Location: Ferry Wharf, The Landing
Artist: Virginia King
Materials: Stainless Steel

The work was conceived as a symbolic eel-trap (hinaki) but also suggests the form of a female figure or a classical vessel. Historically the tidal flats were abundant breeding grounds for eels, fish and shellfish. The sculpture passes through a circular hole in the wharf and reveals views of water below. Two engraved rings, like ripples in the water, encircle Hinaki. The text is from the poem Eel, by Fiona Farrell. In sunlight the sculpture casts strong linear shadows. In mist and sea fog, the form becomes a looming figure.

Children's Playground

Children's Playground

Location: Hobsonville Point Park
Artist: Isthmus Group, Cicada Workshop
Materials: Stainless Steel, Corten Steel

The landscape architects at Isthmus worked closely with Cicada Workshop to develop the seedpods and nest designs for our sculptural playground. The collaborative approach has produced a unique play experience. The seedpods and their surroundings build on landscape values inherent in the Hobsonville Point development such as habitat provision, education about the environment and native planting.

Remnants of Flight

Remnants of Flight

Location: Hobsonville Point Park Plaza
Artist: Nick Eagles
Materials: Granite

Hobsonville Point is infused with flight history and with so much change occurring in the landscape artist/designer Nick Eagles wanted to give some continuity to that history. In Remnants of Flight, sited in the Hobsonville Point Park plaza, each slice of granite replicates the 'V' form of a bird in a moment of flight. Each shape has been designed to lead into the next, so, when stacked together, a shuttered sequence and sense of movement takes shape. The sequence can then be interpreted as a kind of inventory of take-offs and landings, linking Hobsonvnille Point Park to its former life as an airstrip.

The Memory Windmills

The Memory Windmills

Location: Corner de Havilland and Wallace Roads
Artist: Leon van den Eijkel
Materials: Steel, paint

Artist, Leon van den Eijkel grew up in Holland. He recalls a simple windmill on a stick from the fairground and the run home through cobbled streets holding it high for show. Those childhood windmills have been blown up into colourful and monumental sculptures. The Memory Windmills is sited close to Hobsonville Point Primary School where the work delights a new generation of children.

Tiwatawata

Tiwatawata

Location: Hobsonville Point Park
Artist: John Reynolds
Materials: 108 charred or stained wooden poles

Taking its cue from nineteenth century illustrations of local Maori demarcation poles, and photos of the eventual fencing of boundaries with the arrival of more recent communities,Tiwatawata dramatises the processes of 'marking off' the land. The work consists of 108 poles of various diameters at irregular distances apart and at differing heights, that chart a straight, dark line dissecting the park.

Kuri Topiary

Kuri Topiary

Location: Marlborough Crescent
Artist: Steve Woodward

Kindly on loan from the artist.

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