Sculpture Artist. Queenstown, New Zealand

Bessemer’s Orchid

Bessemer's Orchid. Steel sculpture by Tony O'Keefe. New Zealand artist from Queenstown.Deliberately tactile and intimate,
Bessemer’s Orchid invites the viewer to approach closely and feel it’s substance.

Emerging with the girth of a tree, the trunk draws us down and inward to discover organic forms fused with old tools. To where relics of the industrial era are found embedded like totemic inclusions.

Above, the orchid quickly rises beyond reach. Lacking branch or bloom the stem points to the sky with a needle-like taper.

The artwork diminishes.

Ascending from something to nothing the overwhelming sky nowfills the view and reminds us not to take this material world and all its clever art-speak too seriously.



Dimensions: 3.6M (12 feet) tall
Medium: locally found construction steel surplus and old tools




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