The Gibbs Farm

February 23rd, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Had a stunning day on Friday at the Gibbs Farm by Kaipara Harbour.

It was organised by the Wellington Sculpture Trust, and around 120 – 150 people flew up from Wellington for it. I doubt anyone regretted it. The farm is outstanding in three ways.

Together they create an experience that people literally travel to New Zealand to see. The Farm has an open day once a month. I highly recommend you try and attend at some stage. Allow a good three hours to get around everything.

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This stag had a cry like a foghorn. You could hear him on the other side of the farm.

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There is a statue of a giraffe but also three actual giraffes on the farm. I prefers giraffes not to be in captivity but they have such a large space to roam around in they seemed pretty happy.

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This is a close up of A Fold in the Field with a mower making its way up over one of the folds.
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This is called 88.50 ARCx8. The yaks at the bottom give you an idea of how large it is.

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The Green and White Fence runs for 3.2 kms.

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This is me inside the iconic Dismemberment, Site 1.
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And Jordan W sliding out the far end.

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The end is 25 metres tall.

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Horizons

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Red Cloud confrontation in Landscape

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Another view of Dismemberment. The people by it give you some idea of its size. It is 85 metres long.

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The central lake and fountain.

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The Mermaid. Just next to it is a water polo lake

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As we were driving out, we encountered this ostrich happily sitting down on the road blocking it. He wouldn’t move even with the bus in front of him. Someone had to get out and lead him away.

The animals are all very tame, and basically treat the farm as belonging to them, and are very nonplussed by the visitors.

Again a great day. Big thanks to for his generosity in making it available to the public, and for his talk to us. Also to the Wellington Sculpture Trust for organizing the day.

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25 Responses to “The Gibbs Farm”

  1. hj (6,855 comments) says:

    Heard him on radio nz. He flies his helicopter around the world…. and what does he see?: human impact is small. It’s the same meme used by Hugh Pavletich “NZ is only .07% urbanised” etc.

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  2. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    Can’t believe this is in NZ. There was a huge fight to keep a lion park open and this is going on.

    So what did Paul Holmes do for the country?

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  3. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    Clearly the sculptures are a good use of money while 250,000 New Zealand children remain hungry.

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  4. bringbackdemocracy (423 comments) says:

    Great place for a funeral.
    Who’s using it today?

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  5. scanner (340 comments) says:

    So 250,000 kids are hungry, perhaps you should tell their parents to stop buying dak, smokes, and piss with the money taxpayer gifts them, that is if you can find them, clue, try the local pub.

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  6. Nookin (3,272 comments) says:

    “Clearly the sculptures are a good use of money while 250,000 New Zealand children remain hungry.”

    Indeed they are, Hamnida.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1301/S00343/explore-the-secrets-of-gibbs-farm-and-help-the-kids-of-nph.htm

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  7. Kacang (36 comments) says:

    250,000 NZ children remain hungry – these must be the ones I see lining the streets with distended stomachs and their ribs showing!
    Yeah, right!

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  8. duggledog (1,505 comments) says:

    Hamnida have you been there? I’ve been past it on my way up north and interestingly it’s right next to a dirt poor Maori enclave.

    Quite a contrast, I often wonder how they are as neighbours.

    DPF how do you get to go and have a look around – is there an email or something? I’ve always wanted to have a perv, you don’t see that much from the road frontage

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  9. Ross12 (1,388 comments) says:

    duggledog –just so you don’t have to scroll to the top again ,here is what David wrote at the start

    “It was organised by the Wellington Sculpture Trust, and around 120 – 150 people flew up from Wellington for it. I doubt anyone regretted it. The farm is outstanding in three ways.

    » The views
    » The animals
    » The sculptures
    Together they create an experience that people literally travel to New Zealand to see. The Farm has an open day once a month. I highly recommend you try and attend at some stage. Allow a good three hours to get around everything.”

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  10. David Farrar (1,883 comments) says:

    Hamnida: Are you suggesting that Alan Gibbs should not be allowed to spend any of his money on what he wants?

    Maybe you could share with us what your income is, and how much money do you donate to charity?

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  11. David Farrar (1,883 comments) says:

    Duggledog – see http://www.gibbsfarm.org.nz/contact.php

    The next day which is not booked up is 27 June.

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  12. duggledog (1,505 comments) says:

    Cheers. And I can highly recommend the Mount Auckland walk just north of there, about an hour to the top and you can see both coasts from the trig point.

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  13. big bruv (13,679 comments) says:

    Christ those sculptures are ugly, if Gibbs had put wind turbines all over his property it would not be as ugly.

    The animals are cool though.

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  14. pq (728 comments) says:

    pretentious wealth , everything we don’t need in New Zealand

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  15. Francis_X (147 comments) says:

    Who the hell let that fool Hide speak? Abusing TV3 the way he did was the mark of an effing clown.

    We can kiss goodbye to act in Parliament in 2014. Honestly, that party is run by rank amateurs. As if Banks wasn’t enough.

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  16. Francis_X (147 comments) says:

    scanner (337) Says:
    February 23rd, 2013 at 12:44 pm So 250,000 kids are hungry, perhaps you should tell their parents to stop buying dak, smokes, and piss with the money taxpayer gifts them, that is if you can find them, clue, try the local pub

    Can’t blame the kids for having fool parents mate.

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  17. Nick K (1,223 comments) says:

    Clearly the sculptures are a good use of money while 250,000 New Zealand children remain hungry.

    Gibbs once gave one million dollars to the Salvation Army. How much do you give, arsehole?

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  18. Nick K (1,223 comments) says:

    DPF – the Dismemberment is a work of Art, that is worth millions. It isn’t to be treated like a playground implement. Jordan Williams is a dork for using it like a slide. Doesn’t he value other’s property?

    [DPF: That's unfair. There are no signs indicating you can not go on the structure, and other structures have people on them such as the pyramid. It would be simple to put up a sign asking people not to go through it, if that is what they want. We actually looked for such a sign]

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  19. big bruv (13,679 comments) says:

    “the Dismemberment is a work of Art, that is worth millions. It isn’t to be treated like a playground implement”

    Oh come on Nick, it looks like a bloody big piece of playground equipment, a pig ugly piece of playground equipment at that.

    While Gibbs is indeed a good and generous man it seems that he has become a bit of an “art wanker” as well.

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  20. Nick K (1,223 comments) says:

    You don’t have to like it, BB.

    But you should still respect the property rights of others. It seems this blog is full of those who don’t.

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  21. Nostalgia-NZ (5,097 comments) says:

    Good luck to him for spending his money the way he wants and on things which he appreciates. F…ing great how others want to control or approve what he does. Despite what Farrar raises as a question, it’s nothing to do with what critics of Gibbs earn or how much they donate to charity. It’s entirely to do with Gibbs exercising his free will as is his right.

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  22. swan (659 comments) says:

    “pretentious wealth , everything we don’t need in New Zealand”

    You dont have to like it, but “everything we don’t need in New Zealand??” What is it to you how he spends his money? Arent crime, child abuse etc etc the things we really don’t need in NZ? And what is pretentious about building things on a farm that hardly anyone will see unless they specifically go to look at them?

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  23. KevinH (1,205 comments) says:

    Alan Gibbs’ farm on the Kaipara Harbour is an amazing place to visit, his outdoor installations presented on a grand scale are truly unique and incomparable to anything anywhere else in the world, and yet it is here in New Zealand and until recently one of the best kept art secrets on the New Zealand art landscape.
    The sculptures are engineering masterpieces juxtaposed against an archetypal kiwi landscape of farmland and challenge the observers imagination to comprehend the visual impact of these sculptures within an agricultural backdrop. And just when you think you have a handle on it a meandering and very friendly giraffe will come over for a nuzzle and as the photo shows a rather stroppy territorial ostrich will try and stare you down.
    Alan Gibbs is to be congradulated and admired for having the vision and the wherewithal to mount such an extraordinary visual outdoor gallery. I would recommend a visit to this property when the next open day is held, it is truly a memorable inspiring experience.

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  24. Belinda (133 comments) says:

    Good on you Alan Gibbs. I think it’s stunning.
    Why are 250,000 starving kids his problem?

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  25. pq (728 comments) says:

    people say that we that we should respect the right of the wealthy to make idiot statues and junk,
    what a watse of money Gibbs is, what pretentious crap, he could have helped people, but no

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