REFLECT COLLATERAL DAMAGE

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REFLECT COLLATERAL DAMAGE
The sculpture designed to support a World War II mine
Installed on New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway
by Dale Copeland, 2015
I was commissioned by the Art in Public Places group to design a structure to display a naval mine which washed onto the rocks in New Plymouth in 1943, the year I was born.

I was pleased, and honoured, to be asked and designed this so passersby would see themselves reflected in the shiny stainless steel collar and realise that the mealy-mouthed term 'collateral damage' means people just like them. Nice ordinary people out for a walk, enjoying being alive, suddenly killed or maimed as a byproduct of someone else's war.

I was delighted that PACE Engineering in New Plymouth were able to make my sculpture exactly the way I'd hoped.

I regard this project as a high point in my life as well as my career.

I've put together a book New Plymouth's Mine with the history of the mine. (It's with my books on www.dalecopeland.co.nz/Press/press.htm)
It records the entire history, from memoirs kept by members of the New Plymouth's Bomb Disposal Squad right up to the modern day efforts needed to turn an about-to-be-junked artefact into a public piece of art.


Dale's studio can be found on Surf Highway, Taranaki, New Zealand

More of her work can be seen on the Virtual TART site at http://virtual.tart.co.nz/Dale

email Dale   at dale @ tart.co.nz (remove the spaces)
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