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July 2007 Issue

Intraculture Sculpture
Chris Booth’s rock and earth sculptures may suggest ideas to landscape architects.

By John K. Grande

Intraculture Sculpture Chris Booth

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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