Kate Pond, Sculptor

World Sculpture Project

Video: Telling Stones Dedication | Jim Rader Dedication Remarks

In 1996 Solekko was installed at the Norwegian Museum of Science and
Technology in Oslo, Norway. Individual donors and the American Scandinavian
Foundation supported the building of this concrete piece. The sculpture is made of pressurized concrete and stainless steel and is 9.5 feet tall. On summer
solstice there is no shadow cast from the top point of the piece.

TIME CAPSULE OPENINGS World Sculpture Project

The capsules will be opened during 2015 at the five sculpture sites of the World Sculpture Project. Capsules were buried at or near the sculpture sites between 1994 and 2007.

They are filled with children's artwork and accompany each of Kate's sculptures in Canada, Norway, Japan, New Zealand and in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

They all will be opened close to specific sun alignment times:

1) SOLEKKO: Oslo, Norway; June 4, 2015 (close to summer solstice)

2) HIMEGURI: Izumi, Sendai, Japan; June 20, 2015 (on summer solstice)

3) ZIGZAG: Stanstead, Quebec, Canada: September 23, 2015 (on equinox)

4) ALL ONE: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: November 19, 2015 (close to the Pleiades heliacal rising)

5) TELLING STONES: Mapua, Richmond, New Zealand: December 4, 2015 (close to the Pleiades heliacal rising)

The sculptures in Hawaii and New Zealand share a Polynesian Pleiades star cluster alignment that happens in November/early December. The rising of the Pleiades is in the east as the sun sets in the west. The celestial event is called the Makahiki by Hawaiians and the Makariki by the Maori in New Zealand.

The capsules are filled with drawings, paintings and small clay pieces created by children. They describe their lives and their hopes and worries for the future. We will share them online and in a limited edition book during 2016.

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Former Director of the museum, Gunnar Nerheim, and Kate place the time capsule inside the sculpture in June of 1996.

Children from nearby schools contributed artwork placed in the time capsule inside the hollow piece. The artwork of children from Hawaii, Vermont and Quebec is also included in the capsule.

On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, the museum will sponsor a time capsule opening event and a small exhibit of the artwork.

Estelle Maartmann-Moe takes a candid photograph of activity at Solekko in 2013.

Winter quiet at the sculpture in a recent photograph by Dagsavisen photographer Mimsy Moller.

Zigzag, Stanstead, Quebec, Canada

Himeguri, Izumi Park Town, Sendai, Japan

All One, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

All One Capsule Student Artwork

New Zealand

Polynesian connections: from Hawaii to New Zealand

The fifth and final sculpture in the World Sculpture Project series is TELLING STONES in Mapua, Nelson, New Zealand.

Photo credit: Robert B Moore

TELLING STONES is an analemmatic sundial on which a person's shadow points to the time. The boulders stand for hour points.

photo credit: Karen D Walker

I am standing on the "summer stone" and in front of me is the white noon boulder on which my shadow would reach were there sun. The brown boulder to the right marks 6 PM and the grey one in between marks 3 PM.

Other alignments include the rising and setting of summer and winter solstices, equinox and the rising of the Pleiades in June (the Matariki marking the Maori new year) and the rising of Antares (the Maori, Rehua, signaling the beginning of summer in December). The seasons are reversed from those in the northern hemisphere.

Photo credit: Margaret Pond

On December 11, 2007 TELLING STONES dedication began with Mapua students leading the singing of the New Zealand national anthem. The ceremony continued with speakers, more singing and then the children filling the time capsule.

Photo credit: Margaret Pond

Photo credit: Margaret Pond

Maiko and her mother Chizuko were present from Sendai, Japan for the dedication. In 1998 Maiko had been eleven when she helped to fill the time capsule of the HIMEGURI sculpture in Sendai, Japan. It was moving watching her help the Mapua School children fill our time capsule for TELLING STONES.

photo credit Robert B Moore

Aproximately 600 pieces of artwork from children in New Zealand, Canada, Japan and the U.S.A filled this capsule.

After the dedication ceremony people relaxed as children explored the sculpture.

Sculptor Bruce Mitchell carved the three center stones on which people stand to cast a shadow to use the sundial. Here he is measuring one of the marble stones.

The finished stones have symbols for the seasons: the sun circle stands for summer; the star, for the equinox and for the alignments of the Pleiades star cluster and the star Antares; and the snow topped mountain triangle, for winter.

Christine Boswijk, sculptor and ceramic artist created the green ceramic time capsule which is placed in a steel box welded together by Patrick Maisey. The sarcophagus-like box is in the lobby of the Mapua School in Mapua, Nelson, New Zealand.

Principal of Mapua School, Rob Wemyss and Fred Stetson seal the ceramic time capsule and prepare to place it in the steel box.

A perfect fit, the capsule rests on a bed of sea shells inside the steel box made by Christine's husband, Patrick Maisey.

The capsule will be opened in 2015 along with the time capsules at the other four sites.

Traditional harakeke (flax) weaver Carol Greenall made special ketes (baskets) to hold the artwork from the various sculpture sites.

I am honored to have work of skilled New Zealand artists as part of the TELLING STONES sculpture project.