Chris Booth’s rock and earth sculptures may suggest ideas to
By John K. Grande
Born in Kerikeri, New Zealand, in 1948, Chris Booth has
pursued sculpture associated with the land, earth forms, and indigenous peoples
of the regions where he has worked. While Booth’s sculpture draws on Maori and
Australian aboriginal characteristics, his works remain unique, capturing
aspects of topography, natural history, and landscape forms.
He received his initial education at the University of
Canterbury in New Zealand, then later studied with various sculptors in Europe,
including Dame Barbara Hepworth, Denis Mitchell, and John Milne in England and
Quinto Ghermandi in Italy. Booth has participated in numerous land art projects
in France, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Canada, and the Canary Islands, to name a
few. What is more remarkable are the various forms of unique sculpture he has
gone on to produce.
Booth categorizes his works as Slabs, Earth Blankets,
Boulder Works, and Columns. His public art commissions have included works in
New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Holland, and the United Kingdom.
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