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Sunken Houses 2

Type: Sculpture

Title: VIC. With interior titled TEATUBE

Artist: Radford, John

Location: Western Park

Description: Imposing part of a classical renaissance building

juts up out of grass like an iceberg, suggesting that the rest of

the building exists underground. Set on the front of the work is

a pressure gauge that is connected into the concrete. The

gauge is calibrated in measures of PEER PRESSURE. There

is a deconstructive edge on the top edge of VIC. Layers of

cement plaster have crumbled away to reveal bricks. In the

centre of each brick instead of the maker's name, there are

descriptive words stamped. Sourced from the novel

'Wednesday's Children' by New Zealand Author Robin Hyde

these words are taken from a description of Auckland City at

night. Due to the nature of brick laying, each brick is half

obscured by the one above i.e. the words are half obscured.

Lucca Oil, Tailless rats, glistening bitumen, taxies... Set on the

side of the work is a bronze tie plate, by looking into the

circular hole in the centre of this you can view TEATUBE.

TEATUBE is a complex interior that shows a supposedly

endless derelict labyrinth adorned with deco elements and

cluttered with debris and strange machinery, stretching far

down into the ground under the work. TEATUBE is best

viewed at dusk or at night due to the subtle lighting inside.

Inscription: A) TIP. A Trisculptural installation by New

Zealand sculptor John Radford. These works were inspired by

the changing face of Auckland's urban landscape. Each of

these three sculptures (and the interiors inside sculptures one

and two) are based on Auckland buildings demolished in the

1980's. VIC. Sculpture one. Based on the Building that stood

at 48-52 Victoria Street Auckland 1880's - 1985. TEATUBE.

Interior of sculpture one. A reinterpretation of the skyroom

which existed in the Milne and Choyce department store until

1984. TIP was funded by an anonymous benefactor. B) Peer

Pressure. Lbs/inch

Significance: Inspired by the rapid changes of inner city

Auckland during the 1980's, VIC is a reinterpretation of the

building that stood at 48-52 Victoria Street Auckland City

1880's-1985. The interior TEATUBE is a reinterpretation of the

tearoom/functions room known as the SKYROOM. This

existed in the Milne and Choyce Department store on Queen

street from 1929 until it was obliterated in 1984 to make way

for the B.N.Z Tower.

Material: Bronze, precast elements composed of megapascal

concrete, reinforced with D10 D12 standard steel and

stainless steel reinforcing fibres, grout adhered

Base Material: Reinforced concrete

For more information www.aucklandcity.govt.nz

 

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Uploaded on February 16, 2005