Botany Bay - a 'sad flag' from the Cook's Gardens project

Christine Hellyar, Artist

This is one of the sculptures in our collection. It was made in Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 2005.
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Object Detail

1100 x 1170mm
"Christine Hellyar’s project in Wanganui grew from reading the journals of James Cook and his crew, which record their observations and activities on three explorative voyages into the Pacific in the late eighteenth century.

Cook left his mark on the region by introducing European food crops and commodities such as printed floral fabrics and glass products. Hellyar references these by her use of pineapple glass bowls, classically printed fabrics, mosquito nets and doilies to create an installation of Polynesian gods, seed banks, island ‘beds’, painters’ tents and an impressive row of ‘tall Tahitians’.

The installation also references the local sports ground, Cook’s Gardens (original site of Tylee Cottage), so named because army cooks grew vegetables there in the 1850s.

One of New Zealand’s most significant sculptors, Christine Hellyar was Artist-in-Residence at Tylee Cottage from January to May, 2005"

Exhibition label- Cooks Gardens by Greg Donson in May 2005
Credit Line
Gift of the artist. Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui
Collection Type
Permanent collection
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