Glen Hayward

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1974


  • 2011
  • Wood (kauri, pine, puriri, rimu, totara), acrylic paint, wire
  • Purchased 2011
  • 5400 x 275 x 275mm
  • 2011/237:a-e

Glen Hayward’s towering Yertle had its origins in a collection of twenty-eight abandoned paint tins he spied in a back-of-house Christchurch Art Gallery storeroom, containing the residue of wall colours from past exhibitions. Meticulously recreating these tins out of wood, Hayward then painted his carved replicas, faithfully reproducing every smear and drip of forgotten paint.

Stacked up like its namesake, Dr Seuss’s vainglorious turtle king, Hayward's Yertle is a feat of painstaking fearlessness. (Above ground, 2015)

Exhibition History