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Down at the Farm

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As for Sol LeWitt, though the concept model of his almost 50-foot-tall concrete block sculpture, Pyramid, was acquired through ACE gallery in NYC, he flew to New Zealand to site the sculpture himself.

The Farm also includes work by many New Zealand sculptors including Graham Bennett, Christopher Booth, Bill Culbert, Neil Dawson, Ralph Hotere, Len Lye, Peter Nicholls, John Reynolds and Richard Thompson, all grand and majestic in their placement. Seeing them leads you across paddocks, down into valleys and around lakes until you reach the beach, the site of one of the most breathtaking works, Andy Goldsworthy's Fleeting Moments. Consisting of 11 massive stone arches leading into the sea, the piece resembles a slumbering subterranean monster, its humps emerging from the tide or sand, depending on the time of day. But there's also a soothing tranquility to the piece, particularly as the waves quietly lap against the stone.

I have no doubt that one day The Farm will be open to the public and become the Bilbao of the South Pacific. I envision people walking amongst this magnificent sculpture, discovering new artists and looking with wonder at the indigenous and exotic wildlife. Though you'll have to endure a 20-hour flight to get there from Connecticut, the art—like the imaginations of its creators—will have no borders.

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