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All Along the Heaphy Highway; Bill HAMMOND; 1998; 1108

All Along the Heaphy Highway; Bill HAMMOND; 1998; 1108
Name/Title
All Along the Heaphy Highway
About this object
A surrealist landscape scene featuring a colony of bird figures perched in lofty tree branches, observing a lone car navigating a windy roadway. The painting references the controversial proposal to turn the Heaphy Track, located in the Kahurangi National Park and one of the nation's Great Walks, into a road connecting Golden Bay with the West Coast. The birds are decorated with motifs including musical scores, incribed text and city highrises, which may be read as a reference to civilsation. On the left side of the bisecting highway is a dark and veiled landscape scene, featuring spectral figures, birds and trees. This area is rendered from a high and flat perspective - in the style of 13th-14th century landscape painting - with a strong use of emerald green and irridescence along with the artist's characteristic paint drip effect.
Date Made
1998
Medium and Materials
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
Subject and Association Keywords
Environmentalism
Trees
Animals/Birds/Native
Landscapes/Regional landscapes/Tasman landscapes
Road
Politics
Music
New Zealand/South Island/Tasman/Kahurangi National Park
Credit Line
Purchased in 2010 with the assistance of Suter Patron, Sally Hunt, and the 10 x 10 Acquisition Fund
Object Type
Painting
Object number
1108

Tags

Animals
Birds
Environmentalism
Landscapes
Music
Native
Politics
Regional landscapes
Road
Tasman landscapes
Trees


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