Welcome to the Poison Creek Sculpture Project, our evolving sculpture adventure in stunning Central Otago.
In 2015, Sunny was on a mission to find somewhere she could feel connected to the place where her forbears had settled, and suitable for her hitherto secret aim of creating a sanctuary where sculpture could be celebrated. She gave four real estate agents half a day each to show their wares. What is now known as Poison Creek, high in the Queensberry Hills, was the first she saw, and the only one she remembers. Under a huge blue sky, the view over the Upper Clutha Basin, as far as the Alps behind Hāwea, and round to the iconic St Bathans range, was simply heartstopping.
Selena (Te Āti Awa, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki) grew up in Lower Hutt. Sunny, who has West Country, Chinese, Maltese, and Black Country ancestry, is the among the fourth generation of her family to still live in the wider area.
Their shared purpose is to support the land, flora and fauna to restore themselves after many decades of marginal farming, while creating Poison Creek Sculpture Project as a location to exhibit sculpture in the wild and a place of solitude for selected sculptors and other artists to spend time. More recently they have welcomed guests to purpose built visitor accommodation for singles and couples in a special secluded spot on the fifteen hectare property.
At Poison Creek Sculpture Project Sunny and Selena are dedicated to supporting Aotearoa New Zealand's finest sculptors and rising stars. The project continues to evolve - they support sculptors to sell their work, and alongside the residency they run occasional public events and workshops which offer opportunities to engage with sculpture, there are guided tours and groups can book exclusive use of the sculpture area for self-catered picnics.