Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden

Andrew Drummond


Andrew Drummond

Andrew Drummond has been sculpting and exhibiting for over four decades. His work is widely represented in both public and private collections in New Zealand and internationally.

Born in New Zealand, he attended University of Waterloo in Canada, graduating in 1976 with honours. He was a Frances Hodgkins Fellow in 1980. 

He began his career as a performance artist, using his own body as a canvas for experimentation and creative discourse in line with the 1970s Body Art movement in Europe. This focus on the systems and endurance thresholds of the body soon shifted to an exploration of the connection between humans and the land, the management of our environment and the conservation of natural resources. These themes are evident in a number of large sculptures held in private and public collections throughout the country and overseas.

In 2011, the Christchurch Art Gallery produced a survey exhibition and book on his artistic output, entitled Andrew Drummond - Observation/Action/Reflection (ISBN 978-1-877375-19-4).

Andrew Drummond’s new series comprises five native tree leaf forms: Ngaio, Mahoe, Ramarama, Kowhai and Karo. 

The sculptures are fabricated from stainless steel and all working parts are precision-engineered to ensure a long life with no maintenance. These kinetic works operate in low breezes and can withstand hurricane conditions. These works are editions of nine and each one has been hand-finished and patinated to enhance the effect of its movement.