Larger than Life

After months of anticipation and speculation, the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū welcomes Ron Mueck’s spectacular work chicken / man 2019 which will take up a permanent residence in the premises of the Gallery.

Renowned as one of the world’s top sculptors and for his hyper-realistic depictions of people, Mueck’s bespoke sculpture undertook many hours of painstaking work and was created specifically for Christchurch after successful fundraising campaigns and crowd-funding made this possible – the sculpture even travelled all the way from London and was encased in its own, unique and custom-built crate.

Mueck’s last stint in the city was during his 2010/11 exhibition at the Gallery which attracted an impressive 135,000 visitors and amassed queues that circled around on the block on its final weekend.


Image credits (hero and secondary image):

Ron Mueck chicken / man 2019. Mixed media. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 2019 by Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation with assistance from Catherine and David Boyer, Friends of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Charlotte and Marcel Gray, Ben Gough Family Foundation, Jenny and Andrew Smith, Gabrielle Tasman and Ken Lawn, Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation’s London Club along with 514 other generous individuals and companies. Courtesy Anthony d’Offay, London.