Keeping vigilant over the forests, watching how people are changing the land and sky. This artwork aims to serve a dual function as nest abode and totem to the birds of prey that rely on habitat protection.
Never before has our plundering of the Earth’s forests and animals been so apparent, what fitting punishment awaits us? In many ways man’s relationship with his wild self is tenuous. In this ancient Greek myth, man is too arrogant, and so the hunter becomes the hunted in this series of sculptures. For his transgression of hubris, he is cursed and transfigured by Artemis (goddess of the hunt, forest and archery) into a stag. This series of works aims to capture the three stages of Actaeon's transformation.
Series of 8, Steel
3200 x 13200 x 500mm
Series of 8, Steel
1600 x 1400 x 800mm
Series of 8, Steel
2400 x 2400 x 1200mm
"There is something magical about bringing a sculpture into a garden that brings a deep narrative to the space. A sense of presence the viewer has at that moment with the encounter of the work can be profound. And as the days go by, the way the shadows fall across the facades, and changes within the weather, seasons and time are reflected in the work and viewers' outlook of the world. We live in an age of an environmental crisis, the drama of the mythical creatures and characters that we aspire after need our attention and protection. When my works are species inspired I will find local initiatives that are related to those animals or habitats and directly give a portion of the earning to that cause. "
3200 x 700 x 700mm
EDITIONS AVAILABLE_NZ $22,000
4500 x 2000 x 700mm
Max’s sculptures create points of real interest inside and outside our home - for us, for visitors, and for people walking along the Te Araroa trail. Living with these beautiful sculptures enhances our enjoyment of our home and emphasizes its connection both to the landscape and to the birds that live in it, with a special bow to the pīwakawaka.
Ian Ball, Lake Hawea
4500 x 2000 x 1700mm
Inspired by the animated wind and how it twists life around us, this flowing form has a resilience of its own.
2000 x 700 x 400mm
“Max's sculptures in and of themselves are immediately captivating, but when artfully combined with the form of the house and the natural setting, inside and out, they have transformed those boundaries and added a depth of character to our home beyond our expectations.“
Glenn Renwick, West Wanaka
3900 x 1000 x 900mm
2000 x 1200 x 900mm
1800 x 600 x 400mm
3000 x 1800 x 900mm
Depending on the weight, the piece is transported to the site with a trailer, truck or Hiab crane. The piece is positioned correctly with the artist's consultation and the foundation placement marked out. The piece is then taken aside whilst the foundation hole of about 300mm deep is removed. The piece is then moved back and secured with bracing. Premixed concrete fills the hole and the set to cure. After 24hrs the bracing is removed creating a secure and solid installation. If the placement is in a high-corrosive environment, Stainless Steel or Corten steel can be used.
Made in New Zealand, artworks can be sent to clients worldwide. Once a conversation around the location, concept, budget, and timelines have been established, the sculpture can be freighted safely and the installation completed.
Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden
A cautionary tale of how often we wish to soar without limitation. The aspiration needs timing and skill. A fool's pride will quickly see to his downfall. Take care in making your wings, know their capabilities, and when the moment is right, fly!
1/3, 2 editions still available at ZAR 350 000
Oxidised Marine Grade Domex Steel
Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore
"Three stencil renditions of intimate tiger photographs have been cut from steel to make the backlit centrepieces for the hotel walkways ."
"Three Tigers, Rajastan, 2015
Height 2400mm x Width 1220mm
Painted mild steel
Boekenhoutskloof Wine Estate, Franschoek
When this farm was founded, the Franschhoek valley was far wilder than it is today – as the wolf trap we once discovered goes to show. Today, the mountains are still alive with indigenous animals, including the majestic leopard. No evidence of wolves has ever been found though, so we created this series of 10 wolves to remind us of the mysteries and legends of days gone by.
10 Wolves Length 2000mm x Width 600mm x Height 1200mm
Painted Timber Palletes
Londolozi Game Reserve
“Simon Max Bannister was Londolozi’s resident artist over the past 4 years. During this time he created a number of exceptional land art installations, many of which still remain at Londolozi today. It was extremely gratifying to watch the skills and talent of this remarkable artist grow during his years at Londolozi, culminating in the creation which adorns the entrance to the boma at the luxurious Londolozi Tree Camp. This artwork is particularly interesting when viewed at night as it gives off an energy which reminds one of the characteristics of this beautiful, secretive, nocturnal cat. I have no doubt that Simon Max Bannister’s body of work will continue to grow in stature and we will always be proud to have his unique artwork represented at Londolozi for many years to come.“
Dave Varty, Founder and Owner of Londolozi Game Reserve
Entrance at Tree Camp Londolozi Game Reserve, 2014
Length 3000mm x Height 1500mm
Painted Mild Steel
Wall bracket mounted
Private Residence, London
Wall mounted sculptures add a dynamic energy to minimal modern interiors compliment the lines of the work as well as some dramatic downlighting enhance the contours.the space, breaking away from the traditional frame and canvas letting the shadows play across the wall.
Wild Uncovered Series, 2014
Length 1500mm x Width 150mm x Height 500mm
Timber and Steel
Wall mounted bracket