A Photo a Day of Christchurch New Zealand

Regret Water Sculpture Botanic Gardens


This is part of the water sculpture in Hagley Park (by the Archery Lawn). I’ve photographed it before (in Spring), but did not know the history of the sculpture – until I found the information below on the Art Gallery website. I rather like this ‘Autumnal’ version – with the leaves floating around the figure.

Regret, a spidery tower by local sculptor and painter Sam Mahon, is intended to reflect the ‘messy reality’ of human life. Over ten metres high and made from steel rod of various thicknesses, the sculpture will rise up out of the small pond on the Archery Lawn. As well as a wind-turned bird on the top of the structure and revolving masks halfway down, there will also be a partially submerged figure reclining in the water.

Here’s a shot of the whole pond so you can see it in context. I took this shot back in October (our spring – the grass is looking all lush).

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  1. Ineke on March 14, 2008 at 3:38 am

    To call a statue like this regret seems cynical. Or maybe to think of regret like this is not what regret means to me.
    Better start all over.
    The statue seems to be of someone lost.
    Regret can mean being lost, but is more longing.
    I’d better stop here. I can not even get it myself.

  2. mo on March 14, 2008 at 4:01 am

    Fantastic, this is an amazing sculpture.

  3. Lachezar on March 14, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Beautifully photographed!
    I don’t mind what it is called. It is a beautiful sculptural composition. Just looking at the blindfolded submerged figure makes me shiver…


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