Rapids #224

Paul Johnson, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in New Zealand in 1989.
About the Work
Part of a series of 7 works in the collection. The artist states:
These works document some of my sculptural activities over the past 7 years. It is a process through which I come to understanding my own history and it is a response to feelings that emerge from working on and in the Whanganui River.
The Ministry of Works fence marks one of many underwater, stone retaining walls, built by the Whanganui River Trust a hundred years ago. Scottish masons working with Māori divers built these underwater 'drystone' walls. In this way a channel of water was made deep enough for the paddle-steamers.
- Paul Johnson, Sep 1995
Image 325 x 750mm
Frame 562 x 750mm
colour photograph
Colour photograph of a strip of bright orange hazard fencing installed from the river edge out into the middle of the Whanganui River.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of the artist, 2001
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
26 Feb 2001


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