The wire renditions of trees and plants that make up Green Islands are not green. They have no roots, they don’t drop leaves. They stand on plinths - structures designed to elevate and
separate sculptures from their surrounding context.
Regan Gentry excels in making the most out of recycled materials, often in a witty way. Apart from its obvious botanical interpretation, this work’s title, Green Islands, also refers to the Dunedin suburb that is home to the tip and dump shop he frequented while at the Otago Polytechnic art school.
The replica trees and other flora are commonly planted by Wellington City Council around Wellington.
Originally the inaugural 4 Plinths Project, this sculpture moved to its permanent home in the Botanic Garden in January 2010.
No. 8 fencing wire, stainless steel staples, galvanised pipes and plates / 4 trees, 1500mm – 4000mm high
Lady Norwood Rose Garden
This is the first of two works by Regan Gentry commissioned for Wellington by the Trust. See Subject to Change on the Wellington City Walk.
With funding from Richard T. Nelson, Janet McCallum, Sir Walter and Lady Rana Norwood Charitable Trust and other donors