Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden

Terry Stringer

Terry Stringer

Terry Stringer is a leading New Zealand sculptor with an international following. He trained at New Zealand's premier art school, Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, graduating with Honors in 1967. In the following years he received a number of significant scholarships and awards.

In the late 1970s Stringer was awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Scholarship three times and in 2003, he was made ONZM (Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit) for services to sculpture.

Stringer is a key figure in the history of art in New Zealand, making figurative sculptures in bronze for over four decades. He delights in rewarding the viewer with unexpected and complementary juxtapositions.

His signature works have become synonymous with high profile, public sites throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand. These include The Risen Christ in Christchurch's Cathedral Square (currently in storage), Grand Head in Wellington, Mountain Fountain, in the forecourt of Auckland’s Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, The World Grasped in Newmarket and Dance to the Music of Time (2012), a gateway sculpture for the City of Nelson.

Stringer has exhibited extensively throughout his career, with solo shows in Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney, Los Angeles and London. He lives and works at his innovative sculpture garden Zealandia (currently north of Auckland) which is due to move to Eden Terrace, Auckland, in 2018.