Maddie Leach

At Home

16 Jan — 13 Feb 1999

At Home is a small plantation of twenty-six rose bushes that proceed along the garden path of the (now vacant) Otira Playcentre. The path extends from the road in a direct line to the front door of the house. I have planted a block of fourteen white 'Iceburg' roses with another twelve of coloured variety. As is standard in rose growing, these roses have feminine names. For their particular qualities I chose - 'Nancy Hayward', 'Doris Tysterman', 'Lady Waterlow', 'Kathleen Harrop' and 'St. Cecilie'. There are also two Chinese roses called 'Mutabilis'.
It is my wish that the roses that constitute At Home will grow and remain on this site, once they have become accustomed to the Otira climate.
Maddie Leach
January 1999


This exhibition was instigated by The Physics Room as part of:

Culture in Otira

Art installation / Film / Electronica
16 January to 13 February 1999
Otira, Highway 73, West Coast route Southern Alps, New Zealand

From 16 January to 13 February the virtually uninhabited township of Otira will play host to one of the most ambitious art projects the South Island has seen in recent years. Over 30 artists from New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Germany, and the USA will be taking over the Southern Alps ghost town for the Oblique project, a month long extravaganza of site specific installation, video, film and interactive performance.