Chris Meder Sculpture Exhibition Extended Due To Incredible Popularity

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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.

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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.

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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.”

Recycled Relics Exhibition by Genius Sculptor Chris Meder

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Steampunk HQ in Oamaru is thrilled to announce that it will be exhibiting Recycled Relics; sculptures by the late Chris Meder. The exhibition will open at Queen’s Birthday Weekend and will run for a limited period of time throughout the winter.

“It is a privilege to have an exhibition of such national importance at Steampunk HQ,” said exhibition organiser Jan Kennedy. “These are works of significance and we will be dedicating considerable time and gallery space to the exhibition. The majority of the sculptures are on loan from a private Auckland collection. “

Prior to his death in 2010 Chris Meder was at the forefront of the sculpture scene in NZ. His iconic sculptures; ‘Bosca’ (the Gorilla) and ‘Chopper Holland’ were highlights of the first Steampunk Art Exhibition at Oamaru’s Forrester Gallery in 2009. He also made Time Machine for that same exhibition. His works created worldwide interest and heralded the start of the Steampunk movement in Oamaru.

Chris also produced ‘Express the Steam Train’ for a Fat Freddy’s Drop music video that featured at worldwide animation festivals in 2007. Whilst his giant rhinoceros affectionately known as Terry was created for the 2010 Elderslie Flower Show. This terrific beast turned heads as he travelled north on an open trailer.

Described as an artist of rare ability, with a very special creativity and an inventive mind. Chris’ extraordinary animals were all constructed from scrap metal and bear an incredible likeness to the animal form. His ability to give them gesture and expression was uncanny. His birds are often described as having a “quizzical individuality”.

“We will be hosting the Recycled Relics exhibition in honour of Chris’ and with the full support of his family including partner Miriam and daughter Olive,” announced Jan. “He was a major supporter of what we were trying to achieve at Steampunk HQ, a man of such extraordinary talent gone way too soon.”

Chris Meder’s sculptures stand head and shoulders above anything of their kind in NZ.

Recycled Relics will be on display at Steampunk HQ from Friday 29th May until 30th August 2015. Steampunk HQ will be open daily from 10am – 5pm.

Steampunk HQ Opens “NEW” Portal Installation

“This is the closest I’ve ever felt to space travel!” an excited visitor commented upon experiencing Steampunk HQ’s latest project.

Steampunk HQ introduces The Portal; a retro-futuristic mirror and lighting installation that features original glowing light sculptures with a theme of skulls and mythology.  It contrasts yet fully complements the eclectic collection of recycled industrial art and sculptures that exists already within the Steampunk HQ museum.

Steampunk HQ NZ’s premier Steampunk experience is a museum in the historic Victorian precinct of stunning Oamaru, open 10am – 5pm, 7 days per week.

Outside of the imposing free-standing Oamaru stone building, iconic “steampunk” Engine SP001 greets visitors whilst inside, the foyer gallery showcases the work of local artists and retails HQ brand merchandise.

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The museum of two large darkened rooms and a basement presents a theme of a dark post-apocalyptic vision of a future “as it might have been”. Contraptions and bizarre machinery featuring heavy use of copper, gears, pipes, gas cylinders, as well as an ensemble of skeletal sculptures are lit by flickering lights and accompanied by film, projection and sounds.

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A back door leads to a large yard with projects and machines in various stages of being “steampunked” including a train carriage, “aethertractor” and giant motorbike.

Lonely Planet has rated Steampunk HQ one of New Zealand’s best new tourist attractions and it is ranked highly on Trip Advisor.