Recently a large sculpture ‘Moorings’ has been donated to the city of Whanganui – Peter Nicholls’ birth place. It makes reference to the arrivals and departures on the Whanganui River. Another work Strata, has also been donated recently for display in the Orakei Basin, Auckland. Nicholls has large public sculptural installations at ‘The Farm’ Kaipara, Balaena Bay Wellington, Connells Bay Sculpture Waiheke Island and the Auckland Domain.
For more than four decades, the art of Peter Nicholls has reflected environmental concerns.
Nicholls states; My work has always concerned the land. Travel and teaching has been an important part of this. The time and materials, and our use of all such resources, are a constant in my work.I never cut living trees on principle, being committed to creating ‘new life’ from discards. Thus, in the materials and the forms, there is the dialectic of the ephemeral and the permanent, life and its short space within time.
My work today,as much as in the early 1970s, celebrates a gentle sensibility towards the earth and the renewal of the natural within the built environment. Even as a young man, I realised the importance of travel and contact with other cultures and environments. I use timber, windblown driftwood, recycled and sustainable as much as possible. I have always considered trees as the lungs of the earth, and rivers and seas as its circulatory systems. This is abstracted in many of my works.
Critics have described Nicholls work as ‘heroic volumes of rough-hewn surfaces, totemic and nostalgic’.
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Text source: ‘Constructions of Concern’, World Sculpture News