Steampunk HQ is thrilled to announce that their exhibition of Recycled Relics created by late Dunedin sculptor Chris Meder, has proved so incredibly popular that the exhibition is being extended. The exhibition that was due to end in August will now continue through until the end of summer giving locals and visitors an exclusive opportunity to see the talented sculptor’s works.
Archie Sitting Watch
“It has been fabulous to see so many people coming to Oamaru just to view Chris’ works,’ said exhibition organiser Jan Kennedy. “Visitors have been captivated with the exhibition as it includes such a large cross section of Chris’ works created at his Blueskin Bay home or at his Moat St workshop at the start of Dunedin’s northern motorway. Chris died in 2010 but his creativity lives on through his wonderful creations.”
People will be familiar with Chopper Holland the giant motorbike on permanent display in the HQ yard and Bosca (the Gorilla) from the 2009 Steampunk art exhibition at the Forrester Gallery. Bosca is owned by Oamau Councilor Sally Hope. The other works have been loaned for the exhibition by family and from his close friend Jon Baxter of Perceptual Engineering in Auckland.
They look comfortably ‘at home’ amongst the recycled art sculptures at Steampunk HQ. Made from worn-out, broken-down machines, Chris’ focused on expression and posture to make his creations react to the viewer. Archie the Orangutan perches above a steel maze looking down over his re-acquainted friends including Cheeky Moa, Stingray, Fiddler Crab and various other birds and insects. It certainly is a sight to behold!
Also on display is Jenny the Train; constructed by Chris for a short animated film made by Jon Baxter and set to music by Fat Freddy’s Drop. In 2007 the short film appeared in animation festivals throughout the world gaining prestigious awards. This video can be viewed in typical Steampunk fashion on a barber’s seat in the foyer of HQ.
Jenny the Train
‘This is a ‘very special’ exhibition in honour of Chris Meder and we are thrilled to be showing it here in Oamaru at Steampunk HQ,’ said Jan. “It’s not to be missed and now thanks to the generosity of his family and friends the NZ public will get an opportunity to view the works throughout the summer.”