John Ward Knox: Hardly Held Lightly
Our sculpture terrace comes alive with John Ward Knox's new site-responsive work, Hardly Held Lightly. Ward Knox transformed more than a kilometre of industrial chain into three vast weavings, imitating the webs of a giant spider. Joining the tree-tops of Albert Park to our building's eaves, Ward Knox plays with a key aspect of our 2011 redevelopment – linking our Gallery building to the park.
The webs are not drawn from ancient cultural symbols of death or decay, or even Halloween. Instead, Ward Knox draws on an arachnid's sensibility, by modelling the complex decisions about shape, link and length required to create a natural spider's net. This intricate form of pattern-making which is rarely closely observed, hangs in tremendous weight and outsized scale and connects us to the natural beauty of the park.
The ongoing series of sculpture commissions by New Zealand artists is proudly supported by the Chartwell Trust. Previous artists in the series include; Kate Newby, Sriwhana Spong, James Oram, Mladen Bizumic, and most recently, Seung Yul Oh.
- North sculpture terrace, level 2 and Amphitheatre
- Free entry