Ballast: Bringing the Stones Home

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John Edgar’s stone sculptures explore the experience of the emigrant: leaving the homeland, the voyage through unknown seas and the arrival in a new land. Ballast kept them afloat on the journey and brought them safely to a new shore half a world away. Using stone that he collected in 2005 from various historic quarries in Scotland, the New Zealand artist has made sculptures based on the land and the flag, the compass, trig stations and survey markers, mapping voyages and journeys, arrivals and departures. In this Year of Homecoming, John Edgar’s ballast finds its way back home. The exhibition celebrates in stone the

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