Paul Cullen Archive

Things from Geology (Underworld)

2016

concrete, timber, paint, plywood, artificial grass, plants, steel, map and acrylic map holder 10,000 x 15,000 mm (variable)

Things from Geology (Underworld) originates from the predominantly hidden world of geology. The greater part of Waiheke Island comprises material that is around 150-250 million years old, particularly undurated greywacke sandstone and argillite, enormously compressed and fractured by tectonic activity. Things from Geology directs attention to the material world and encourages reflection on the active participation of the forces of vibrant matter in events.

An outcrop of anthropocene rock supports what might be an incomplete viewing platform or perhaps a partial mini-golf course or artificial garden. It acts as a hypothetical site for gaining a geologic view and, in the spirit of providing an informative scientific overview, includes a free ‘pataphysical map’ of Waiheke Island in which the lineaments are emphasised and so locates the sculpture within a wider geologic context.

The project was produced as part of Waiheke Sculpture on the Gulf.