Opening of Mimetic Brotherhood by Peter Trevelyan, 24 February 2010.
The second installation in Wellington’s Four Plinths Temporary Sculpture Project
Remarks by the Wellington Sculpture Trust Chairman Neil Plimmer:
We have four members of a brotherhood, reflecting, imitating, mimicking, each other, you, all their surrounds, the sun, moon and stars...enlivening this space so central to Wellington.
It is Mimetic Brotherhood, Peter Trevelyan’s marvellous contribution to this Four Plinths Temporary Sculpture Project.
Wellingtonians and the many visitors to this place, our place, will enjoy its ability to move, reflect and reinterpret everything that comes within its range. It is ours, here, to enjoy for two years, before its successor will be installed.
It is co-incidental but pleasing none-the-less that Peter is the second young Wellingtonian to be selected, because of his amazing creative imagination, for a work on this site, following Regan Gentry whose Green Islands trees are now settling in to their new permanent home in the Botanic Garden. So that makes two out of two for Wellington, from entries from across New Zealand, showing the growing strength of the visual arts in the city and region.
When the Sculpture Trust embarked on the Four Plinths Sculpture Project about four years ago, we had the vision that the succession of fine artworks on these four plinths, now temporarily hidden from our view, would be of international significance. It would be for the Southern Hemisphere at least the counterpart of the famous sculpture rotation on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London – which currently features the New Zealand war hero Sir Keith Parks..
Mimetic Brotherhood keeps us on track towards that vision and builds the reputation of the Four Plinths Project.
On behalf of the Wellington Sculpture Trust, I thank you all for attending and giving your support to public art in the city. I thank especially the financial supporters who have made the installation possible – Wellington City Council and Wellington Waterfront Ltd – and those like Richard Burrell and Skellerup Ltd who have further assisted the artist. And I recognise with much appreciation the support of our National Museum Te Papa Tongaroa with this opening function tonight.
I acknowledge the close association this project has with the New Zealand International Arts Festival. We time our openings to coincide with the Festival’s, and the Festival has adopted and promoted the Project. I am pleased to invite the Artistic Director Lissa Twomey to speak to you.
Followed by: Peter Trevelyan, artist and Hon Chris Finlayson, Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage.