Harbourview's Dishes


This installation was made for the second Harbourview Sculpture Trail in 2014, and consists of silhouette-painted Crown Lynn plates on an oversized domestic wooden dish rack.

Photos: Stefan Marks

Following on from the ‘domestic’ theme of ‘Harbourview’s Laundry’ (2012), Harbourview’s Dishes is a wooden dish rack containing several plates.

The ceramic plates are a reference to Te Atatu’s history as a site of several brickworks. My own house at the corner of Te Atatu and Wharf Roads is on a site formerly owned by the Henderson Brick & Tile Syndicate. This was one of the forerunners of the long-lived and very successful Crown Lynn Potteries.

The designs on the plates show wading and shore birds found very close to human habitation at the Harbourview-Orangihina area, and the dish rack is a reference to the farmland that was in this area prior to its acquisition by the Parts of Auckland.

The ‘domestic’ theme I have chosen to explore in this and my previous work for Harbourview partly brings the ordinary into the art world, and partly makes reference to Te Atatu Peninsula being heavily settled by young families during the 1950’s and 60’s.

The birds show on the plates (in silhouette) are:

  • Pūkeko
  • Wrybill
  • Kōtuku, white heron
  • Bar-tailed Godwit
  • Black-backed gull
  • Oystercatcher
  • Pied Stilt
  • Curlew
  • Spoonbill
  • Tern
  • Spur-winged Plover
  • New Zealand Dotterel
  • Shag