Sunday, November 21, 2010
'Bung' (2007) Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island
Bung, fibreglass, stainless steel, chain and anchor.
2 metre diameter, .7m depth.
Bung was initially designed to sit beside a natural rock basin in the ocean, beside Waiheke Island. It was part of the Sculpture on the Gulf outdoor sculpture show on Waiheke Island in 2007, which has been renamed Headland: Sculpture on the Gulf.
Bung alludes to the amusing but impossible notion of attempting to plug or control the vast ocean in which it lies. Although at first appearing frivolous it also provides a discourse around island life, in particular the availability of drinking water on the island during summer. The local residents are dependent on tank water and are conscious of the need to preserve, control and plug their precious resource over the hot, dry moths of summer. Although these are serious issues Bung's main purpose is to provide humour and light relief, by surprising visitors on finding a large domestic object floating in the open sea.