"This sculpture takes its name from the famous Kate Sheppard quote: We are tired of having a ‘sphere’ doled out to us, and being told that anything outside that sphere is ‘unwomanly’."
1001 Spheres celebrates the contribution of women in all spheres of life. An expression of infinite possibilities, the colourful spheres inside the sculpture are a starting point to imagine a world where we can all live, work and be in any sphere we choose, not limited by gender identity.
Three defining features of the artwork convey the message. The wire hemisphere made from hundreds of crossing wires represents the many paths crossed by the suffragette movement and the waves of feminism and activists working for change in gender equality.
The many vibrant spheres reference the radiant future of possibilities created by a more inclusive society. Placed at the centre of the work, the spheres gleam like a sparkling crown.
Lastly, the repeating circles that make up the work represent inclusiveness and equality. The circle is an embracing form where every point is of equal distance to the centre.
Set in Monte Cecilia Park, 1001 Spheres is located near 'The Pah' a homestead that was once an orphanage and farm run by the Sisters of Mercy which provided social services and schooling for women and children in the early to mid-20th century.
Monte Cecilia Park, 100 m south of Mount Albert Road entrance, Royal Oak