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.

Maker

Bill HAMMOND

Date Made

1998

Medium and Materials

Acrylic on unstretched canvas

Subject and Association Keywords

Environmentalism

Subject and Association Keywords

Trees

Subject and Association Keywords

Animals/Birds/Native

Subject and Association Keywords

Landscapes/Regional landscapes/Tasman landscapes

Subject and Association Keywords

Road

Subject and Association Keywords

Politics

Subject and Association Keywords

Music

Subject and Association Keywords

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

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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