Sculptor Neil Dawson — who later created major public art works including The Chalice in Cathedral Square, and Ferns in Wellington’s Civic Square — is profiled in this episode from a 1980s arts series. Dawson is just as enthusiastic and engaged building a tree house for his son as he is preparing an exhibition of his work. These pieces are small and deceptively simple, as they explore texture and optical illusion. But his larger ambitions are also roused by a space on Auckland’s Victoria Street.
In a variety of ways I’m trying to confront the private individual in a public space.– Neil Dawson
Made in association with Television New Zealand and Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council.
Music by Keith Ballantyne