Reuben Paterson: The Golden Bearing at WOMAD, New Plymouth

15 - 17 Mar 2019.

Reuben Paterson's The Golden Bearing takes root at WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) in New Plymouth.

The hand-sculpted, gold glittered tree invites reflection on people’s magical relationships with nature in the seemingly natural, yet man-made, landscape of Brooklands Park. It questions what is artificial, real, or imagined.

Artist Reuben Paterson (b.1973, Auckland; Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāi Tūhoe, Scottish) found inspiration for this work in Taranaki’s gardens of national significance as Artist in Residence in 2015. Now part of the Govett-Brewster’s collection, The Golden Bearing combines this local inspiration with the mythology of trees and his Māori heritage as a reference point to navigate toward and from during the festival.


  • Reuben Paterson


  • Fri 15 Mar — Sun 17 Feb

Brooklands Park

  • 30 Brooklands Park Dr, Brooklands
  • New Plymouth, 4310