Gregor Kregar: Reflective Lullaby

11 May 2013 – 30 June 2014

Gnomes are figures in historic folklore as well as garden ornaments. But Gregor Kregar has brought gnomes like you've never seen to 'the garden city' – staunch, shiny and more than three metres tall.

Several famous sculptures of historic figures were toppled in the Christchurch earthquakes. Two years on, sculptor Gregor Kregar has brought some unusual new monumental figures to town. Reflective Lullaby (John) and Reflective Lullaby (Robert) are gnomes like you've never seen before – huge rather than small and made in shiny steel rather than painted plaster. As Kregar puts it, 'the gnomes are not the heroes of one event but rather the funny philosophers of everyday life.' Peering out over the inner-city landscape, they look reflective (in both senses) but also armoured against trouble. Comic-heroic ornaments for the post-quake 'garden city'.

Installed in May 2013 as part of Populate! – Christchurch Art Gallery's tenth-birthday programme of art around the city.