Andrew Drummond

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1951

90° Device, Beating

  • Purchased 1995
  • Mixed media
  • 96/77.3-3
  • 1995 {date advised by artist, Nov 2000}

Andrew Drummond’s kinetic sculpture suggests the flat Canterbury landscape with its jagged coastline, and, like a heartbeat, the constantly pumped blue liquid brings to mind the region’s braided rivers, or the arteries of the body.

Drummond has drawn on the idea that the land and the body are interconnected, and he explores the way science and medicine use technology. This work is part of a larger installation entitled For beating and breathing in which the body is portrayed as a complicated piece of machinery.

Drummond was born in Nelson and studied at Waterloo University, 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. Drummond was Senior Lecturer in Sculpture at the University of Canterbury from 1992 until 2003.

Watch a video of this work in action.