The wide spaces of Wellington’s waterfront and the Te Papa forecourt are now occupied by four large globes of Earth and Mars.
The launch of Ruth Watson’s Other Worlds, the Trust’s sixth work on the 4 Plinths, was held on Wednesday 21 February 2018. The launch was initiated by a karakia from the elders and supporters of Te Papa, followed by short speeches by Trust Chair Sue Elliott, Artist Ruth Watson and CEO of Te Papa Geraint Martin. During his remarks Geraint noted a seagull perched on one of the globes and speculated that the Arctic region of the globes might steadily expand over the two years. The speeches were followed by a reception with music led by Hannah Fraser and wine from our sponsor Seresin.
Other Worlds conveys enigmatic and unfamiliar views of Earth and Mars, each open to a variety of interpretations and challenging new ways of looking at these globes. One represents earth movement in the wake of earthquakes based on satellite imagery; another the world without water based on an early Dutch map dated around 1690; the third based on NASA data represents variations in the earth’s gravitational field; while the fourth is an old vision of Mars.
The sculpture is planned to stay on the site for two years.