One Day Sculpture  




Curatorial Statement


ONE DAY SCULPTURE is not an exhibition. You might come across it unawares, as a fleeting shift in the status quo or as a spectacular occurrence or you might just hear about it as a rumour. Each of the ONE DAY SCULPTURES will occur in its own time and its own place.


Conceived in a context in which both the format and purpose of large-scale international exhibitions or biennials are being redrafted and rethought, this project offers up a different curatorial model: one which responds to emergent forms of artistic practice in the public realm, provoking new engagements, collaborations and discussions. ONE DAY SCULPTURE sets out to challenge conventional curatorial formats which customarily contextualize temporary works within the framework of a six-week exhibition bound to a particular location, by offering the opportunity for artists and curators to work on projects which will occur autonomously, but within an overarching framework over a longer period of time.


Responding to the specifics of location within their own 24-hour period, each of the ONE DAY SCULPTURE artists has the capacity to engage very different publics and to operate through a diversity of media and sites. Our selection of artists (proposed by each of the collaborating institutions) reflects our interest in challenging conventional associations of public sculpture (permanently sited, monumental and commemorative) to propose new definitions (critical, spatial, performative, interventionist).

Each curator has invited an artist to respond to the following parameters:


- Each project should occur within its own 24-hour period, though the duration, medium and location of each work is open to interpretation. Artists might also like to consider whether they wish to specifically address the durational aspect of this commission through the work, or whether ‘the day’ is simply the moment at which the work is presented to or encounters its public;


- Each project should be newly commissioned in response to the specific context of the host city. Artists should be encouraged to consider the context or place of the commission, through a research visit or residency, in its broadest sense – as a constellation of social, political or economic conditions, as mapped location or remote site, or as a figment of the social imagination;


- Each artist should be encouraged to consider the nature of public sculpture, particularly its placement in and scripting of public space and the potential for artworks to engage with new publics through the transient spaces of the everyday. All artists should be encouraged to site, perform or initiate their projects in public space, outside institutional or conventional art or museum spaces;


Conceived as the first project of its kind to be staged in New Zealand, what also marks ONE DAY SCULPTURE apart is the combination of these temporal, spatial and sculptural parameters with the one-year duration of the series. By June 2009, 21 very different artistic responses to the commissioning brief will have emerged, forming a unique portrait of contemporary sculptural practice and establishing 21 very different artistic responses to the commissioning brief will have emerged, forming a unique portrait of contemporary sculputural practice and establishing an internationally significant legacy.