The impressive stone and earth sculptures of Chris Booth are feats of balancing, engineering and a widely conceived sense of place. Stacked stone forms refer to their origins in volcanoes or river banks and are often gathered in consultation with representatives of local indigenous people. Ranging from the monumental to the ethereal in appearance, some sculptures appear to defy gravity while others use organic processes to allow a shifting in their position over time. Whether towering above, or ensconced at ground level, Booth’s sculptures inspire a sense of spiritual connection with place and, with their enduring materials, provoke thoughts of future generations. Booth always creates his sculptures for specific sites. They are inspired by and honour each site’s local history, mythology and cultures and require intensive research, and consultation with local indigenous people. Usually gigantic in proportion, these phenomenal sculptures are amazing feats of engineering and balance that assert their presence yet sit comfortably within their surroundings.
Booth’s work can be found throughout New Zealand, Australia, Europe, and North America. Major works include the Kroller-Muller outdoor museum in the Netherlands and the Wurrungwuri sculpture at the Sydney Botanic Gardens, the biggest public artwork commissioned in Australia
Booth was featured in the 1991 documentary film When A Warrior Dies which focused on his construction of a very large and imposing sculpture at Matauri Bay in Northland for the Ngati Kura people of the district. The sculpture stands before the resting place of the Rainbow Warrior, a Greenpeace boat bombed and sunk by French Government secret agents in 1985. The Rainbow Warrior’s propeller is in the centre of the sculpture, surrounded by an arch of large basalt boulders recovered from a local beach.
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