Work: Alpha
Year: 2016
Construction: Granite
Size: 2380mm X 615mm X 720mm


In Johnny Turner's new sculpture titled: Alpha - The Beginning, the artist addresses issues and concepts based on the origins of life, the universe and time. Light is highly referenced in the creation myths of many cultures and in  Maori mythology, the primal couple Rangi and Papa appear in a creation myth explaining the origin of the world.

Ranginui and Papatuanuku are the primordial parents, the sky father and the earth mother who lie locked together in a tight embrace. They have many children who are all male and they are forced to live in the cramped darkness between them. These children grow and discuss what it would be like to live in the light.

In this work, Turner creates a fine 'slit', rising vertically skyward, emphasising the light coming out of the black abyss.


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