Chris Booth

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Chris Booth
Chris Booth during the completion of his sculpture 'Te Whiringa O Manoko' in his hometown of Kerikeri in 2009
Born 30 December 1948
Occupation Sculptor

Chris Booth (born 30 December 1948) is a New Zealand sculptor and practitioner of large-scale land art.[citation needed]

He has participated in numerous land art projects and exhibitions internationally and created significant public sculpture commissions in NZ, Australia, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Italy, Denmark, France and Canada.[citation needed]

Early life

Booth was born in Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands. He studied at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts[1] before taking two years of specialist study in the United Kingdom with sculptors Dame Barbara Hepworth[2], Denis Mitchell, and John Milne in St Ives; and Quinto Ghermandi in Verona, Italy.[citation needed]


Chris Booth works closely with the land, earth forms, and indigenous peoples of the region(s) where he creates his monumental sculptural art works. His way of working emphasises communication and exchange between indigenous and colonial cultures and the creation of meaningful environmental art works.[citation needed]

A major current project is the SLS (Subterranean Living Sculpture) which Booth is developing in association with the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK. The major focus is to educate about the importance of lower plants and fungi for survival and the effect of climate change. Plans are underway to establish the SLS in New Zealand[3].[citation needed]

Critical reception

Canadian author and curator John Grande commented, "What is more remarkable are the various forms of sculpture he has gone on to produce, entirely unique. While Booth's sculpture sometimes draws upon indigenous Maori and Aborigine characteristics, they remain unique, and capture aspects of topography, natural history, and landscape forms already extant in the places he works."[4]

Awards and honours

In 2011 Booth was awarded Honorary Fellow at Northtec Tai Tokerau Wānanga for 'outstanding and distinguished contribution to society'[5]. In 1982 Booth was the recipient of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago, NZ.[6]

Print, film, and media

Booth was the subject of Woven Stone- a monograph published in 2007 by Random House, New Zealand.[7]

Publications include: 'Public Art and Ecology, International Public Artists' Discourse on Ecology', Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing House, China, 2011[8], 'New Zealand Sculpture: A History[9]', Michael Dunn, 2002; 'Chris Booth – Sculpture in Europe, Australia & New Zealand[10]', Edward Lucie-Smith, Ken Scarlett and Gregory O'Brien, 2001; 'Chris Booth Sculpture', David Bateman 1993.[11]

Films include: 'When a Warrior Dies', 1992, Valhalla Productions, Wellington, NZ; Director: Michael Hardcastle[12]; 'Respecting the Earth', 2005, Director: Libby Hakaraia, Maori Television Kete Aronui series III; The Making of Wurrungwuri, 2013, Director: David Stalley, Brain in Hand Productions[13].



  1. ^ "Chris Booth " nz-artists". Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  2. ^ Hewitson, Michelle (2011). "A Sculptor with Tonnes of Talent". The New Zealand Herald.
  3. ^ Thompson, Wayne (2012). "Artist eyes Albert Park for 'living sculpture'". The New Zealand Herald.
  4. ^ Grande, John K (2011). Public Art and Ecology. China: pp. 116–149. ISBN 978-7-5321-4238-5.
  5. ^ "Northtec Opens New Creative Centre". Northtec.
  6. ^ "Frances Hodgkins Fellowship – previous recipients". University of Otago.
  7. ^ Lucie-Smith, Edward. "Woven Stone". Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  8. ^ Grande, John K. (September 2011). "标题|克里斯·布思:同宗文化雕塑 Chris Booth: IntraCulture Sculpture". Public Art & Ecology.
  9. ^ Dunn, Professor Michael (2002). New Zealand Sculpture: A History. NZ: Auckland University Press. ISBN 9781869404253.
  10. ^ Edward Lucie-Smith, Ken Scarlett and Gregory O'Brien (2001). Chris Booth – Sculpture in Europe, Australia & New Zealand,. NZ: Random House NZ. ISBN 1 86962 073 9.
  11. ^ Johnston, Alexa (1993). Chris Booth Sculpture. NZ: David Bateman. ISBN 1-86953-130-2.
  12. ^ "NZ On Screen".
  13. ^ "THE MAKING OF WURRUNGWURI" – via Vimeo.
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