Location: Leith Place Centre
Materials: Granite, pumice, shells, bones, rubbish, concrete foundation
Artist: Donald Buglass
Definition of Name:
Evolution – “A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form”.
Interpretation of Definition:
A process in which something sometimes worse or inferior, changes or is changed into something better, more constructive.
Meaning of the Sculpture/Carving:
This pole is also known as ‘We are what we eat’ and was influenced by the things we throw away. This pole has had quite a bit of interest. It brings attention to the great amount of waste we are throwing away every day, this piece hopes to educate people on the importance of watching what is put into waste and look at possible recycling methods to reduce this waste. This piece also brings attention to the amount of garbage in New Zealand, which is sitting in our landfills. After seeing this pole people often comment that something has to be done – soon – with our garbage.
Granite is a very popular and commonly used type of igneous rock. Granite usually has a grainy coarse texture, but can be buffed to be extremely smooth. Granite has many uses including kitchen benches, to use in artwork as this piece has shown. The colour of granite can vary from shades of pink to the more commonly known grey colour, this is dependent on their mineralogy.
Pumice is volcanic rock (solidified frothy lava), it is usually created under extreme heats and erupted from a volcano. Pumice main uses are for lightweight concrete as well as ‘breeze blocks’. Other uses include the pumice being used as an abrasive, and commonly seen in polishes and exfoliants, as well as beauty salons to remove dead skin cells during the pedicure process.
Other materials include; shells, bones, concrete and household rubbish.
Donald was born and raised in New Zealand and is from Hokitika. He has used lots of different rock and objects found from around our District in his sculpture. He has also used serpentine rock brought up from the South Island. In the work he does, Donald likes to look at the way we use, and are influenced by the environment. He is an original and board artist, he has many original works that all vary in construction.