2015, 7x15x0.6 m, stainless steel and porcelain, MTG, Napier, NZ
Pin Wall is a collaborative public artwork created by Sara Hughes and Gregor Kregar. The work takes the form of a brightly coloured oversized pin cushion; created from 5000 porcelain glazed balls that project out from the building on stainless steel rods. The artists spent considerable time researching the MTG collection and wanted to create a work that responded to objects within it. They were particularly influenced by a group of 19th Century pin cushion and the Avis Higgs fabric design archive. “A pin is a device used for fastening objects or material together which we think creates a fitting metaphor for the Museum.” The differing lengths of stainless steel rod give a three dimensional effect to the work. The porcelain pin heads pop out from the side of the building creating movement across its surface as the work responds to the changing weather conditions. Make sure you view it from a range of locations to get the full effect. This public art work has been commission by the MTG and Napier City Council and is the largest art work created from porcelain in New Zealand.