John Radford



  • Sculpture


  • Stainless steel
  • Concrete
  • Bronze
  • Ceramic


  • VIC: W3300 x H1970 x D4530mm; E&F: W4800 x H1670 x D4000mm; DOO: W5640 x H2000 x D4680mm

John Radford, 'Tip: VIC (Sculpture One)' (1999), Western Park, Ponsonby, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021.


'TIP' was inspired by the changing face of Auckland's urban landscape. Each of the three sculptures (and the interiors inside sculptures one and two) are based on Auckland buildings demolished in the 1980s. They refer to loss of our past via the wholesale demolition of parts of Auckland City - the works are multiple architectural dismemberments.

'VIC (Sculpture One)' is based on the building that stood at 48-52 Victoria Street Auckland 1880s-1985. 'Teatube (interior of Sculpture One)' is a reinterpretation of the skyroom which existed on the 5th floor 125 Queen St Auckland 1929-1984. It was viewable through a 35mm circular window set into the side of the sculpture, and originally illuminated and viewable 24 hours a day. As at August 2021 the interior was no longer viewable.

'E&F (Sculpture Two)' is based on the building that stood at 191 Queen Street Auckland 1886-1984. 'HOME (interior of Sculpture Two)' is based on the average two story Ponsonby Boarding House. This also was not viewable in August 2021.

'DOO (Sculpture Three)' is based on the building that stood on the upper west corner of Cook & Hobson Sts from 1880s - 1983.

“The TIP works refer to a loss of our past via the wholesale demolition of parts of Auckland City. Dumped into countless nameless landfills, maybe these multiple architectural dismemberments have undergone a subterranean reassemble and are about to lurch back up out of the ground”

– John Radford discussion at AUT 2005.

Materials include 75 megapascal stainless steel fibre reinforced concrete, lost wax bronze cast adornments, and ceramic implants.

The sculpture 'VIC' is sited at the corner of Ponsonby Rd and Hepburn St; 'E&F' is sited beside Ponsonby Rd, and 'DOO' is sited furthest from the road on the brink of Western Park Valley.

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