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Sniper's Prayer

Other Projects

Sniper's Prayer (In the Church Yard, First Church, Moray Place, Dunedin, 2015)

Making History (Waiheke Community Art Gallery WI, 2009)

Whero Kuriwao/Red Bush Dog (Waiheke Island, Private Collection, 2009)

Kuri/Dog (Dunedin City Council, Art in Public Places Commission, 2008)

Line of Dogs (Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville-North Queensland, 2005)

Tinnie Waka (James Cook University North Queensland 2005)

TIWAI (Dunedin Public Art Gallery 2004)

Tiwai Archaelogical Boxes (2001/2005)

Whakamaoritanga/Translations (Hocken Library Gallery, Otago University 2000)

Motupohue/Bluff Hill Lookout (1994/2000)

Otago Necklace (Private Collection 1998)

Papakihau/Slapped by the wind (1993-1996)

FLUXUS: Selected Works (1983-1987)

The Sniper’s Prayer

Be not that far from me, for trouble is near;
Haste Thee to help me.
Blessed be the Lord my strength,
Which teacheth my hands to war,
And my fingers to fight.
My goodness, and my fortress;
My high tower, and my deliverer;
My shield, and he in whom I trust;
Who subdueth my people under me.
O my God, I trust in thee:
Let me not be ashamed,
Let not mine enemy’s triumph over me.

Psalm 144:1

Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle.

A reticle, or reticule (from Latin reticulum, meaning "net"), also known as a graticule (from Latin craticula, meaning “gridiron”) is a set of fine lines in the eyepiece of a sighting device. Also known as crosshairs used for gun sights within telescopic sights in 20th century warfare.

A free-standing Celtic Cross is distinct from other cross forms in that it is has curved supports within the right angles of its long vertical and short horizontal lines at the intersection near the top. The Celtic revival saw this shape, usually decorated with interlace and other motifs from insular art. This became popular for funerary monuments and has remained so, spreading well beyond Ireland and was a familiar burial-marker on British/Commonwealth WWI battlefields as an Anglo/Celtic signifier during WWI.

Church Yard Proposal ANZAC Day April 25 2015

Site: Presbyterian First Church of Otago 515 Moray Place Dunedin.

Title:  The Snipers Prayer

Statement:  This work is based on two converging reference points, the crosshairs of a snipers telescopic sight and a simplified Celtic cross. Fascinated by a sense of applied metamorphose; 10 forms will change gradually from one to another offering a visual meditation on the ‘Snipers Prayer’.

Materials: Laser cut mild-steel

Dimensions: A sequence of 10 forms will change dimension and shape along a 10-meter strip.
Celtic Cross: Vertical/Length; 1meter x horizontal/width 100cm x 10mm
Cross hairs: Outside diameter 1meter x 5mm x 5mm 

Method of Instalment: Each form will be lengthened/ staked for easy application into the ground plan at spatial intervals.


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