Mirror Image

New Zealand Sculpture Onshore, Auckland — 2008

A 'transparent mirror', Mirror Image shows the potential of an ‘absent presence’.  A Victorian cheval mirror shape, of adult human scale, is deleted from the centre of Mirror Image.  Sited on a headland on Auckland's harbour, the empty space frames an ancient volcanic island and ships entering the channel.  As the light changes, the margins offer a reflection, imprinting people, buildings, and trees directly onto the landscape, bleeding content with context. Mirror Image blends with the environment, like a chameleon, sliding between translucency and reflection, and recreating itself in shadow, amidst the natural chemistry of shadow, environment, movement and light.