Andrew Drummond

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1951

Device for Shadows and Reflection

  • Purchased, 2006
  • Electric motors, brass and steel
  • 300 x 2400mm
  • 2006/011
  • 2005

Andrew Drummond’s kinetic (moving) sculptures are art machines. They operate at the point where science and beauty meet, and often begin with ideas or materials found in nature. This work explores how light behaves when it meets a moving object, like sunlight hitting a breaking wave, or dappling the ground underneath a leafy tree.Powered by an internal motor, the sections of the long brass cylinder slowly open and close. When light hits their curved surfaces it bounces off in all directions, while small holes allow it through onto the wall behind, creating a changing, immersive environment of shadow and light.

(Now, Then, Next: Time and the Contemporary, 15 June 2019 – 8 March 2020)

earlier labels about this work
  • Device for shadows and reflection creates through mechanical counter-rotations of perforated brass sheets an ever-changing environment of shadow and light. Like beams of sunlight moving across water, musical notations or pieces of film, this kinetic device encircles and immerses the viewer as it projects its message in space.

    The accompanying photograph, Falling Water, is part of Andrew Drummond’s ongoing series of landscape imagery photographed during research trips to the West Coast over the last five years. The veiled cascade of a waterfall and glistening of rocks recall traditional landscape painting in New Zealand. Here, its lush play of light and dark with accents of magenta and yellow is achieved through an unusual application of six-colour digital printing, evoking a sense of the past with the present.

    Born in Nelson, Drummond studied at Waterloo University in Ontario. He is well known for his performance art practice during the 1970s and 1980s. He has also completed several major public commissions in Auckland and Wellington. From 1992 until 2003 Drummond was senior lecturer in sculpture at the University of Canterbury. In 2006 he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to sculpture.