Peter Robinson

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1966
Ngāi Tahu, Māori


  • 2007
  • Polystyrene
  • Purchased 2007
  • 360 x 700 x 460mm
  • 2007/031.a-jjj

Peter Robinson’s Cascade becomes an increasingly curious artefact within this selection of largely historical works. At the same time it strangely embodies the collective idea of kā honoka: a multitude of connections, relationships and links.

Robinson is a Ngāi Tahu artist with an enduring interest in the adaptation and lineage of ideas. His sculpturally satisfying polystyrene mass with its tumbling chains and weights sparks multiple imaginative associations. These might be immediately evident in relation to local maritime and whaling stories, but can take many directions. The ideas in the work, like Robinson’s chosen medium, may expand and reshape to find their own purpose. (Kā Honoka, 18 December 2015 – 28 August 2016)

Exhibition History

earlier labels about this work
  • White on White, 23 November 2008 - 26 October 2009

    A cascade is a small waterfall or series of waterfalls. Why do you think Peter Robinson has given his mysterious sculpture this name?

    Cascade, with its delicate weights and chains, has been made from polystyrene, an ordinary packaging material that is extremely light. Does the sculpture look light or heavy?

    What other kinds of things does it remind you of?