Circle of Life

October 9, 2018

This is my recently completed sculpture commissioned by a family in Wanaka.

Blackened Kanuka trees stand shielding a steel circle. The sculpture is designed to evoke a harmonious relationship between human systems and nature.

By placing the circle at the centre of everything a dynamic visual balance is created between the rough chaotic trees, the machine made circle and the backdrop of landscaped garden and wild mountains.
In nature the circle is sacrosanct. Everything that lives must die, everything that eats is eaten. Modern life is breaching planetary and social wellbeing boundaries. We can only become restorative with design that emulates natural cycles in industrial ecology and by taking only from the earth what can be replaced by nature and placing on the earth only what can be absorbed by nature we can return to the circle of life.