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PHOTO ESSAY: ANZ's $250,000 art show

Precinct Properties chief executive Scott Pritchard says the company wanted to create a world-class lobby.

Victoria Young
Thu, 18 Jul 2013

Precinct Properties has installed a $250,000 permanent art show in the foyer of its newly renovated ANZ Tower in Auckland's CBD. 

Precinct Properties chief executive Scott Pritchard says the company’s desire was to create a world-class lobby.

“With the value of the asset you can’t have it be valuable and world class without good quality art," he says.

ARTT director Paul Baragwanath - who was the art advisor for the project - says keach work has a specific function in the foyer, and the theme is to link the natural from the outside in.

Winston Roeth’s multipanel, In a silent way, is intended to have personality, he says. The artwork captures the light and changes depending on where you stand.

It was important for this work to be viewable from all areas of the foyer, even where the view is obstructed, he says, which is why it is abstract in nature.

Sara Hughes’ Orangerie is a 13m long glass wall with vinyl applied on two sides. The artwork acknowledges the ivy that will grow up behind it and the decals are designed to reflect on the highly polished floor of the foyer. It is also a cover-up for the neighbouring accommodation.

Sara Hughes’ Wintergarden is made of perspex with LED. It is inspired by the Wintergarden at the Auckland Domain and was installed on-site.

Closer inspection of Neil Dawson’s Birds and Boats reveals it is comprised of little origami sailboats. The artwork is carefully lit to show off its intricacies and the forms are almost like waves. It is made of painted steel. (Image by Simon Devitt)

Peata Larkin’s Piki Ake_Rise Up is designed to acknowledge and welcome people as they come up from the carparks in the basement. It is made of acrylic on gauze attached to an LED light box and took the artist two years to create.

Victoria Young
Thu, 18 Jul 2013
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PHOTO ESSAY: ANZ's $250,000 art show