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Michael Wells

Corten Steel
3300h x 1200w

"Prevailing" is an artwork encapsulating the essence of our home environment, particularly the 'Nor West winds that define Lake Tekapo and the surrounding region. This piece focuses on the resilience observed in the surroundings – trees and elements shaped by the prevailing winds. These natural features endure and thrive despite the challenging conditions, symbolising their ability to persist and prevail against adversity. The winds, evoking the spirit of the Canterbury Plains, are a reminder of resilience and strength amidst formidable forces, shaping the landscape and character of the region.

About the Artist

Michael Wells, a sculptor based in Canterbury, brings a unique background to his craft. Having spent over three decades in dairy farming, Michael redirected his focus to a passion that had long filled his leisure hours – creating with steel.


His experience maintaining and repairing items on the farm, especially in the aftermath of seismic events like earthquakes, reinforced the quintessential Kiwi knack for resourceful improvisation using whatever materials were at hand.


When not engrossed in his shed, meticulously crafting with a welder, you might find Michael teeing off on the golf course, en route to the greens, or winding down from a round. Alternatively, he might be maneuvering a lawnmower across his beloved lawns—a task that brings him undeniable joy.


Amidst these pursuits, Michael cherishes his deep connection with his wife and adult family, whose support and love are integral to his life. Through his unique blend of farm wisdom, resourcefulness, and a passion for steel, Michael brings a distinct touch to his sculptural endeavors.

People's Choice Award

Lake Tekapo Sculpture Walk People's Choice Award allows visitors to vote for their favourite sculpture, with the winning artist receiving $600, announced on the exhibition's final weekend.
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