Roman Ondák installed ten piles of sawdust at particular intervals around the foot of the Old Government Building – the largest wooden building in the Southern hemisphere and the second largest in the world.

Slovakian artist Roman Ondák creates subtle interventions in the public sphere which draw attention to the social and political contexts of specific sites and which effect a very subtle change in the everyday goings on of an urban environment. In Camouflaged Building the moving mounds of sawdust came to contrast the longevity of the building, as the efforts to conserve the building contrasted the relative impermanence of the sculpture. Encountered by those who made the pilgrimage through one of Wellington’s windiest autumn evenings or seen out of the corner of an eye by an un-expectant passer-by, the subtlety of the sculpture was heightened by the fact that there was no presentation involved. As such, the scale and quality of the sculpture affected a shift in the status quo, contrasting civic sculpture in all its iron glory. Camouflaged Building whispered into the wind of Wellington’s faux-Italian-palace.

Commissioned as part of ‘One Day Sculpture’.

Friday 27 March 2009, from 07.00

Old Government Buildings, 15 Lambton Quay, Wellington

Funders and Supporters

One Day Sculpture was funded by Creative New Zealand; Massy University College of Creative Arts; The Chartwell Collection; University of the West of England, Bristol and Massy University Foundation.

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