For the past 18 years Luke Calder has been involved in the design industry, with the last 12, running his own design business.
In his youth he had a fascination with cultures far removed from his upbringing in Mt Roskill. He spent many hours looking through National Geographic magazines and referencing locations in an equally ancient Atlas. This began his fascination with maps, globes and travel which has continued with Luke collecting vintage tin globes, each unique in appearance with their own stories and history.
Luke is an adaptable designer who develops unique designs, latterly his wall sculptures. These are made from steel, MDF, enamel paint and copper leaf. The copper leaf has been treated with a patina to create an oxidised effect. Over time this oxidisation will change with a variety of green colours emerging from the copper. In this sense It is an organic and unique piece of wall sculpture.
For Luke, the essence of the earth is the relationship between the land and water, abstract yet familiar. Every bay, every headland every Island harbouring numerous untold stories and memories for people.
2000 Created Flood Memorial commemorating the two major floods in Queenstown in 1879 and 1999
2002 Selected to represent NZ in a three person team at the 2002 Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan
2009 Private Commission - ‘Split Apple’ with stone sculptor Shane Woolridge