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CHICKEN / MAN

Ron Mueck’s new commission artwork arrives safely at the Christchurch Art Gallery in New Zealand.

We’re very proud to see the safe and timely delivery of the Christchurch’s newest acquisition – Chicken / Man.

After months of anticipation, the mystery artwork by one of the world’s most renowned sculptors – Ron Mueck – was safely delivered and revealed for the first time at the Gallery on 3 April 2019.

The sculpture, created especially for Christchurch, is the fifth and final in a series of works that were acquired to mark the number of years the Gallery was closed for repair after the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. The sculpture was purchased for the city entirely from private donations after a record-breaking fundraising campaign, including $219,000 through crowdfunding.

The extremely detailed artwork is at roughly half-scale and presents Ron Mueck’s distinctive hyperreal style. It took many years of work at the artist’s UK studio for the piece to be ready for shipping to New Zealand. The dove feathers covering the minuscule chicken sculpture were of particular concern due to New Zealand’s very strict border controls. They needed to be radiation-treated and certified before the sculpture was made and the sculpture packed in its own separate custom-built crate for transport.

Momart provided shipping advice in the early stages and throughout the acquisition process to ensure the smooth passage of the artwork through the strict customs and border controls. The Chicken and the Man were then separately packed in their individual bespoke art crates and supervised by our airport operations team while being loaded onto the aircraft for their final trip to New Zealand.

Christchurch’s very own Ron Mueck creation in on permanent display Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū from 3 April 2019.

Find out more about Ron Mueck’s commission for Christchurch Art Gallery or browse the Gallery’s collection.