Babel

Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens NZ — 2009

Stationed in an undulating rural landscape, this contemporary Tower of Babel conveys the idiom and icons that shaped a cultural psyche – from John Mulgan's Man Alone (1939) to Colin McCahon's Victory Over Death II (1960).  Babel initially strikes a heroic pose but in profile, the muscular I-form reveals a hesitant grip on the text.  The 'Glazed I' is pinched between two columns of rough masonry.  A shaft of light fills the void between the pillars. Based on the ancient parable of the Tower of Babel – where ambition and humility collided and the languages of the world dispersed – the freestanding 'I' looks out while it is looked at.