Glen Hayward

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1974

Yertle

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

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)