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BARRY BRICKELL - A HEAD OF STEAM by Christine Leov-Lealand

Barry Brickell is the creator and director of Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, the uniquely personal theme ark at Coromandel which is a magnet for tens of thousands of visitors each year.

As one of New Zealand's best-known potters, Barry Brickell has literally helped shape the country's crafts scene. With Colin McCahon, he was in the vanguard of the first generation of New Zealand artists whose inspiration came from the land, light and people of his own country, ignoring overseas influences. For Brickell the New Zealand environment was not only legitimate but essential. He never had an urge for the great Overseas Experience.

A man of phenomenal physical, intellectual and creative energy, he has spent more than two decades designing and building viaducts, track and rolling stock, kilns for himself and others, and planting native trees. Brickell lives close to nature, working his artistic and industrial obsessions into material forms for the world to enjoy.

A complex and uncompromising individual, Barry Brickell epitomizes the adaptable and indomitable New Zealand spirit. "I am perhaps reinventing the industrial revolution," he states, "but with a conservational rather than an exploitive twist." Christine Leov-Dealand takes a refreshingly original approach to her subject, weaving "Brickelldom" themes of pottery, sculpture, botany, conservation, rail, steam and self-sufficiency into a seamless narrative that make this biography of a significant contemporary New Zealander a highly entertaining read.

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The Story of the Driving Creek Potteries Railway Brickworks and Native Forest Restoration Project (also a brief history of Coromandel and a Tribute to the Kauri) by Barry Brickell

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