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#Egg5 Philippa Bentley - "Ark Hive"

Philippa Bentley is an Auckland-based artist whose work is inspired by nature and natural history collections. The Honey Bee is part of her Insects and Memories series; multi-layered insect collections presented as boxed specimens. Just as butterflies and insects are caught, preserved and archived in a museum display case, so do we capture and archive our days and our experiences, as our memories. "I love the idea of retaining a sense of wonder in the world. My work celebrates our native flora and fauna, and often reflects on memory and identity, love and the collector." The title of Philippa's egg, Ark Hive, is a play on the word 'archive' and a reference to the current decline in bee numbers in New Zealand and globally. The artist would like to acknowledge the support of Nuplex Industries and By Accident Birkenhead Panel & Paint for making this work possible.

Each egg weighs approximately 13.5kg and measures 57cm wide and 98cm high including the metal base (77cm not including metal base). The auction does not include the plinth/stand used during the hunt.

Please be aware that eggs have been transported and will be on public display for almost one month prior to this auction closing. Therefore, it may not be in the exact condition seen in photos for this auction. We remind you to keep this in mind before bidding.

Every effort has been made to accurately describe this auction item however do feel free to ask any questions regarding its condition. We invite you, prior to bidding, to find and inspect the egg while it is on public display between 12th March and 7th April. Please read our full terms and conditions at

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