Gonville Arches

Erica van Zon, Artist

This is one of the decorative arts in our collection. It was made in Whanganui, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 2017.
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About the Work
"It’s annoying. I have spent a lot of time in Gonville – but do I know where these arches are? No. Honestly – does Gonville really even have arches? My mind has been marching through the streets trying to find them, trying to remember. The Church – no; the swimming pool – no; the Lodge – I don’t think so. They are definitely not at the strip mall.

Wait – are they in Tawa Street? By the Op Shop?"

- Marie McKay, ‘My Choice’ December 2022

The arches in this work make reference to the unusual stucco wall that surrounds a house located at 69 Tawa Street in Gonville, Whanganui.
Frame 645 x 645 mm
embroidery cotton on linen
Multi-coloured embroidered tile which includes 3 arched shapes in a row, repeated 4 times and rotated each time to create a pattern, mounted on a grey/blue background.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Tylee Residency exhange, 2018
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
19 Mar 2018



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