Celebrated artist Jeff Thomson is showing his corrugated sculptures for free
At lovers listen up! Scout editor Sarah-Kate Lynch has discovered a rare chance to see sculptor Jeff Thomson's work as part of the Helensville Art Trail.
It was country letterboxes that first caught Jeff Thomson’s eye as he walked the highways and byways of New Zealand fresh out of art school.
He’s since become known all over the world for his wizardry in transforming a Kiwi staple most of us take for granted: corrugated iron. I have a treasured map of Aotearoa – my favourite shape – made by Jeff that I bought years ago in Queenstown.
But recently, at an art show near where I live at Auckland's Muriwai Beach, I spotted a flock of Jeff Thomson chickens seemingly pecking at the grass in a sunny valley, and my heart went boom.
To my delight, I learned that Jeff’s studio is not so far away, and open on the third Sunday of every month – free of charge – as part of the Helensville Art Trail, so anyone can visit this extraordinary collection of his work. It’s a rare chance to get close to such creative talent.
Jeff’s certainly a treasure and this place a trove.