Monthly Archives: February 2014

Watershed opens with a splash

February 22, 2014

Watershed making clay workWatershed Opening

A big turnout and a grand opening of Martin Hill Watershed at at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery Melbourne.

Martyn Myer  opened the first Australian solo exhibition of my environmental sculpture and photography made in collaboration with Philippa to a guest list that included many Myer family members, friends and clients as well as a cross section of the Melbourne art and business world.

Martyn Myer said in his speech at the opening: “Martin Hill’s work and philosophy closely accords with ours in regard to the ecologically sustainable development of the planet, particularly with respect to water.  His sculpture seeks to address these issues in a powerful way.”

Philippa and I spent a week in Melbourne which began with us installing a splashed clay work on the gallery wall and ended on Thursday with an hour long public “Art Chat” with gallery director Robert Lindsay.

Watershed represents a new direction for me, it raises questions about the way we live in relation to the natural world that supports us.

We are grateful for the support of the Louise and Martyn Myer Foundation and Creative New Zealand in mounting the Watershed exhibition which runs until 27 April.


Welcome to my new website

February 13, 2014

You are one of the first to view this new website which we have made to better present the artworks and projects.

I hope you enjoy it and that it works well. Any comments or feedback on the website are appreciated because it will help us to make the site better for you.

Today we leave for Melbourne and the opening of Martin Hill Watershed at McClelland Gallery.

Philippa & Martin


Cover story

February 10, 2014

Orion, the premier environmental magazine in USA chose Kanuka Sphere for their cover this month.

I was interviewed about this sculpture in their blog post about the cover image.


The cover of the January/February 2014 issue of Orion features “Kanuka Sphere,” a sculpture and photograph by New Zealand-based artist Martin Hill. Learn more about Martin and his remarkable works

Interview by Orion’s Simon Gast:

What inspired this sculpture, and how was it constructed?

The Kanuka Sphere was made using natural materials found at the sculpture’s site—in this case, the remains of dead kanuka trees that had been flooded by a lake. Because those trees have long, thin trunks, we were able to push their ends into soft clay in parts of the lake bed formed by retreating glaciers eons ago.

The Sphere’s setting is spectacular. Where was this photograph taken?

The sculpture was built and photographed near Mount Aspiring National Park, which is in the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island. (I live in a town called Wanaka, which is where this and many of my other sculptures are made.) This place is, in my opinion, one of the least spoiled and most beautiful mountain regions in the world.

What sort of feeling or idea do you hope to inspire in the sculpture’s viewers?

The half sphere of criss-crossed sticks was designed to reflect and achieve a full sphere referencing the Earth. The feeling or idea embodied in the work is that the Earth’s environment is a network of fragile, interconnected systems, all of which are integral to the whole system. If one part fails, the integrity of the whole system is compromised.

Circles, spheres, and continual shapes are a strong theme in much of your work. Why? What attracts you to those shapes?

Both my use of materials that return to nature and the circular forms of many of my works echo the cyclical processes that emerge from nature’s operating principles. The human model of progress relies on the destruction of natural systems, with our linear take-make-waste mode of living; the solution is to build new systems that are cyclical, and thus compatible with nature. The “circular economy” of my art is an attempt to show this.

What are you working on now?

For the last two years, I’ve been building a new body of work for exhibition, entitled “Watershed,” in collaboration with Philippa Jones. It will be exhibited at McClelland Gallery in Melbourne, Australia and later in New Zealand. This work has been an exciting development for my artistic practice, which I plan to develop even further.

Philippa and I will focus next on completing the Fine Line Project, a twenty-year effort to build twelve sculptures on high points around the world, forming a symbolic line around the Earth.

First Australian Exhibition

February 6, 2014

For those who can make it here is an invitation to the opening of the Watershed Exhibition at McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery Melbourne. This two year body of work made in collaboration with Philippa Jones marks a significant watershed in my art practice and is my first Australia exhibition.

Watershed Exhibition Invitation Pdf

Latest Watershed

February 6, 2014

Over the holidays Martyn and Louise Myer, patrons of the Watershed exhibition visited the studio to preview the exhibition prints. Yesterday a sculpture and the 25 large prints were finally shipped to Melbourne for the McClelland Gallery exhibition and the comprehensive catalogue which we have worked on with the gallery for so long finally went to the printers.

It’s time for us to get outdoors again and make some new work.

Louise and Martyn Myer viewing Solve for Pattern

What’s going on

February 6, 2014

Alpine Ice Cycle

It’s been a while since I have posted here because I have been swamped by the administration work needed to prepare a major show titled Watershed for the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery in Melbourne opening 16 February. 25 large prints are made, the catalogue is coming together and the videos are complete, except for the music we have commissioned a composer to create. I am currently putting the finishing touches to a 3D sculpture that will be installed at the gallery.

There has been a good deal of interest by the media in the sculpture work recently as well as the upcoming Watershed exhibition.

Issimo an online Melbourne magazine has is featuring an interactive iPad article on our work.

My Modern Met posted a collection of works on their far reaching website.

Orion Magazine, the premiere environmental magazine In USA, chose Kanuka Sphere for their cover of the January / February  issue.

and Colossal website is posting an article on the sculptures.

Ackermann in Germany will be publishing the third Earth to Earth calendar for 2015

The 2014 Calendar is available here.

Reflecting on the year just gone it has been a major watershed for me as I have expanded my practice to include the new forms and mediums evident in the exhibition.

Watershed Guardian

Philippa and I will begin to think of what is next and develop more creative projects. One already lined up is to exhibit Watershed as a solo show at Otago Museum in November, including a new work specially commissioned for Dunedin. From there we want to tour Watershed through a number of New Zealand galleries.