Sculpture park in Queensberry already popular

Photo credit: Sunny Collings Caption: The Poison Creek Sculpture Project at Queensberry Hills in Central Otago is well underway. With the fine weather, people have been making the pilgrimage to view the sculptures.

A new art venue has established itself in Queensberry, with an exhibition of the best of New Zealand sculpture, appropriately entitled ‘Defiance’ – conceived in defiance of 2020 and the year that it was. 

The park, with 13 sculptures outdoors and nine indoors, is the creation of Sunny Collings and Selena Henry (with the assistance of Sunny’s son Ben Slim), who said that the park had been busy with “delighted visitors” since it opened on December 20. 

“What we love is hearing people talk about the sculptures, whether they are liked or disliked, and hearing their responses to the work. And also their enthusiasm as they discuss their views – we’re hearing some wonderful conversations and seeing the works in a new light,” said Collings.

“We’re really happy with how it’s gone and we have had time to talk to people if they want to talk about the sculpture.

“This is where we create opportunities for people to engage with sculpture in a wide

and spectacular setting, high above the Upper Clutha Basin in Central Otago,” said Henry.

Visitors are provided with a map of the indoor and outdoor sculptures, including work from Arrowtown artis Morgan Jones, the late Stephen Mulqueen and Wellington-based Tanya Ashken, and encouraged to set off on a voyage of discovery, with the spectacular scenery as a backdrop to the art. 

As both organisers run the park as a hobby, Poison Creek open days will be on an impromptu basis and weather dependent, and those curious and excited by the concept will need to keep their eye on the project’s social media sites to see when the next one is coming up.

The park is next open this Saturday, January 16. Entry is by koha.

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