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Another addition to the permanent collection

Samantha Lissette | (Big Bird) Egg Chair

Samantha Lissette | (Big Bird) Egg Chair

“We are delighted that ‘Big Bird Egg Chair’ has been donated to the Gardens. This delightful bronze seat by Samantha Lissette was one of the most popular works in the recent ‘Sculpture in the Gardens’, and perfectly complements the nearby ‘Campsite’.  It is a real favourite with children making their way to the Potter Children’s Garden.  This artwork was considered by the selection committee as the Friends’ acquisition at the commencement of ‘Sculpture in the Gardens’ last December.  It is a small robust bronze artwork 1270mm tall by 570mm across.  It is a seat of duck-like form located near a tree that provides afternoon shade.  We are grateful to Peter Tatham and Adrian Burr for their generosity.”

Jack Hobbs writing in The Auckland Garden Newsletter of the Auckland Botanic Gardens and Friends, June 2016

John Ferguson wins the People’s Choice Award!  

John Ferguson with 'Khulu'

John Ferguson with ‘Khulu’

At the fun-filled closing event on 6 March, Dianne Glenn, president of the Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens along with Bill Burrill, the past president were pleased to present John with a $5000 cheque for his sculpture, Khulu. Of the 6000 votes cast by visitors to the exhibition, some 25% were for this work – an outstanding achievement.

Presentation of People's Choice Award to John Ferguson  (on right) 2016

Presentation of People’s Choice Award to John Ferguson (on right) 2016

Writing Competitions

The winners of the writing competitions were also announced on Sunday:

  • Lyn-Marie Harris’s tribute to Garry Nash’s Waypoint  took out the over 18 years category
  • Sophie Dixon’s Journey won the teens’ category
  • Ella Mitchell won the children’s category with her entry, Reach For The Stars 

Each won a Galaxy Tablet and a notebook.

Winners of the Coopers Creek wine packs

Six People’s Choice Award voting forms were randomly selected. Five were eligible to receive the wine packs. So congratulations to:

Daphne Wardle; Bernie Nel; Mark Starkey; Louise Adams and Zach

Mackenzie Caddy’s form was also selected; she is not eligible for the prize as she is not over 18.   She, however, will receive a book.

This was a fabulous show with more than 320,000 visitors over the period.

Be sure to visit the website over the coming months for updates about this exhibition and our next one scheduled to open in November 2017.