Whitecliffe 2010 MFA Graduate Julie Woodward participated in a public sculpture at Bethells Beach, White Noise, by Héctor Zamora.
On Saturday February 26, Julie helped plant over 60 flags and commented “The effect of that many flags whipping in the West Coast air was impressive as well as the reflections on the incoming tide. I had never participated in such a collective art event before, but remembered Zamora from one of our seminars at Whitecliffe.”
The public were invited to Te Henga / Bethells Beach on the West Coast of Auckland to assist the artist in planting 500 white flags into the sand of the beach. Between 11.30a.m. and 5p.m. that day the installation grew, with assistance from Auckland Arts Festival staff and volunteers, Elam School of Fine Arts students, locals and passers-by. At the close of the day, the flags were removed and brought back to the central city to be incorporated into an installation at Shed 6.
Héctor Zamora was born 1974 in Mexico City and now lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. Working across a variety of media, Zamora intervenes in the social and physical structures of urban and public spaces. His works draw on extensive research into specific socio-political topographies, whilst also playing on the inhabitants’ collective memories, myths and desires.
Hector Zamora. White Noise, Photo courtesy of Julie Woodward