The most recent artwork to be gifted to Waikato Hospital by its Senior Medical Staff Association takes pride of place in the middle of the Meade Clinical Centre on level 1.
The 35 quatrefoil shapes by renowned New Zealand artist Max Gimblett ONZM are part of a major WW1 commemorative project, titled the Art of Remembrance, initiated by St David’s – the WW1 Memorial Church in Auckland. The wider project consists of 100,000 individual pieces and each solid brass, hand printed quatrefoil represents a New Zealand soldier that served in WW1.
The Art of Remembrance project has sparked interest and support across New Zealand and around the world. After the initial installation on the outside of St David’s the pieces have been sold in a major fund raising effort. The many pieces are now in the public collections of galleries and museums around New Zealand, including Te Papa in Wellington, and in the homes and businesses of many individuals.
“This is a significant work to enter the Hospital collection, by a major artist and with links to many individuals and institutions around New Zealand and overseas. It is part of a wider inspirational project on a huge scale, that together with being very beautiful will give pause for deeper reflection.” said Kate Darrow, independent art curator, who facilitated the installation.
The quatrefoil shape has many meanings across cultures: an ancient Christian cross, a Jewish knot, a flower of the Pacific, a lotus symbol of peace and new life. It is also an ANZAC poppy and the size of a soldier’s hand outstretched.
Waikato Senior Medical Staff member, Cameron Buchanan, who helped with the purchase, says that for Waikato Hospital, it is fitting to be part in the wider project. To remember the staff and patients of the hospital who served in WW1.
Chief Executive Dr Nigel Murray is delighted with the generous donation from the Waikato Senior Medical Staff and endorses Dr Buchanan’s comments around remembering staff and patients of the hospital who served in WW1.
“The artwork looks stunning where it has been placed and will be admired by our many patients and visitors.” said Dr Murray.