The End of the Tether

Regan Gentry, Artist

This is one of the sculptures in our collection. It was made in Whanganui, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 2008.
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About the Work
"The rhythmic and deliberate interlacing of the manila rope weaves into something far greater than the sum of its hitch knots. I think, like most of Regan Gentry’s work, it appears light-hearted but the title of the work gives it away. If you say you are “at the end of your tether”, you mean that you are so worried, tired, and unhappy because of your problems that you feel you cannot cope. I love its large scale and its simplicity. I love its organic playful manner yet serious content."
- Jamie Ross, 'My Choice' exhibition series, May 2022

This work makes reference to the failed settlement in Mangapurua Valley and its 'Bridge to Nowhere', relic of abandoned access. The work was the result of Gentry's period as Tylee Cottage artist-in-residence December 2007 – June 2008.
13280mm (13.3m) long
manila rope and wire
Bridge-like installation comprised of jute ropes knotted, strung and suspended across the Gallery. Large enough that Gallery visitors can walk beneath it.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Tylee Residency exchange, 2008.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
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