Auckland Art Gallery Exhibition
'Hardly Held Lightly'
Artist: John Ward Knox
DM Standen was proud to supply the products used in Knox's Hardly Held Lightly exhibition, on display in Auckland City's Albert Park. The New Zealand Herald reported T.J. McNamara reported on the work:
Knox weaves webs of surprise
"A short while ago John Ward Knox made a beautiful sculpture and showed it high in a corner of a dealer gallery. An intricate spiderweb made in fine silver chain, it was much admired.
Now the Auckland Art Gallery is showing three such works by Knox, linking their sculpture terrace with Albert Park, but these webs have needed a kilometre of commercial chain. One connects a massive old oak to the terrace. Another is an arch between two trees, and the third is closely linked to the structure of the building. The chains have the magic of surprise hidden in the leafage of the park. They are done with scientifc accuracy and unexpected natural variations in the net pattern. The basic chains that are the anchoring strands are brass in contrast to the bright shine of the web.
Together they make the most stunning and imaginative public work of art to grace the city for some time."