Big Wave Territory

John Reynolds

Installed in 2011 at the Port Taranaki gateway to New Plymouth’s busy Coastal Walkway, Big Wave Territory directs passing pedestrians and Port carpark traffic to various local and regional destinations. The high-reflection large scale road sign states both the geographically obvious while summoning up some quirkier cultural highlights.

It gives directions to Len Lye’s ‘Trilogy: a flip and two twisters’ – but in this context another reference could be that “flip and two twisters’ is descriptive of the surf.

Equally , Big Wave Territory seems to point to the Coastal Walkway as a zone of breezy social greetings as much as local tidal dynamics. Author Ronald Hugh Morrieson’s ‘Predicament’ adds an edgier note along with ‘Zombie Walk’, a local youth’s recent attempt to enliven the streetscape after dark.

John Reynolds lives and works in Auckland. He has established a national and international reputation as a painter who employs drawing, such as sketches,plans and doodles, and different types of expressive marks, symbols, and such for poetic effect. He has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout New Zealand, and in Hong Kong, USA, and Australia and is the recipient of a Laureate Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.

The cost of Big Wave Territory was $80,000. However this was offset by an auction of smaller works by Reynolds, generously provided by the artist, which raised nearly $9,000 for the Trust’s funds.

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