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TLC Takes Part in Upstream Art Trail

Earlier this month Wellington’s sculpture scene was given a boost, thanks to the biennial Upstream Art Trail – a unique crowd-funded, four-day public art exhibition.

Phillip Silverman artworkHeld in Wellington’s Central Park, the event showcased the work of emerging artists and designers, and amongst them were diploma graduates from The Learning Connexion, Phillip Silverman, Oliver Gedye and Anita Springintveld.

Phillip, who has completed a residency at the Academy of Art in New York, showed a work entitled ‘Talk to the walk: a structural narrative on gait’, which looked at trying to fit the concept of anatomical art – the structure of walking – to the park.

Oliver contributed a 20-sided shape made from kanuka and copper, a piece which he says “relates to fundamental structures and the relationships between geometry, form and frequency.” 

Meanwhile Anita’s sculpture – which consisted of 54 individual posts protruding into the air - represented the presence of man through a symbolic hut nestled in the crook of nature’s arms. 

TLC honours student Ann O’Rorke also put together a promotional video for the event.

This year’s participating artists were tasked with creating sculptural projects based on the theme of ‘Structure’. Their work was positioned throughout the park and alongside Moturoa stream, to be experienced by visitors as they wandered ‘upstream’. Group works by five local primary schools were also on display, ensuring this year’s Upstream Art Trail was diverse, inspiring and its best one yet!



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