Boy Walking – new artwork strides into Potters Park | Auckland Council

Boy Walking – new artwork strides into Potters Park | Auckland Council


I hope this artwork really brings a sense of joy to people who see it. That’s one of the main aims of public art; to create something that makes you stop, remember and feel connected. It also instills character in a place. I also hope it will become a place where people meet around, come to a landmark for this area. Why did you choose that figurine to model it on? I quite like poses and gestures, and stuff like that. So the idea of walking is like that you’re not still, you’re always going towards something. That’s what I like about it. It is the idea of someone who is quite determined and quite knows who they are and they know where they’re going. And I think the state of being between leaving and arriving are kind of the things I like. That’s the stuff I like to explore. I think the boy is cool. He (the artist) said it’s based on a toy he had when he was very little. It was like this big or something. And he got a kid to pose for it and then he made the structure. Public art can do a whole lot of different things. It can edify, it can entertain, memorialise, commemorate, create controversy, make people think. It inspires reaction and creates a sense of place. Actually, this piece of public art does all of those. I think that’s why it’s particularly wonderful. And such a great thing that it’s here.

Dereck Turner

1 thought on “Boy Walking – new artwork strides into Potters Park | Auckland Council

  1. Fuafiva Alosina Wulf says:

    Great artwork n indeed an awesome inspirational art for the kids nowadays to walk n enjoy the outdoor fresh air rather than spending time on the screen mostly

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