Land Art NZ

The Snake Charmer

January 2024. A new site-sensitive land artwork joins the permanent collection of Poison Creek Sculpture Project NZ. Developed during the artist's 2023 residency and research into the region’s cultural landscape, ecologies and histories, The Snake Charmer takes root on the slopes of Taraputa (Mt Pisa), above the ancestral Mata-Au (Clutha River). Blending mythology, science, and healing traditions in a striking geometric tableau over 21 metres diameter, the artwork creates a circular energy field. A sea of limestone and medicinal planting for Rongoā Māori circle a black granite figure which is visible through four openings in the regenerating landscape. These apertures mark ley lines between distant mountain peaks, a snake-bend in the awa, and points of significance at Poison Creek.