Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park, formally the Amberley Lime Works, has been extensively landscaped with native plantings to form a unique exhibition space for Raymond Herbers work, most of which is on permanent display. The Sculpture Park overlooks the beautiful Waipara Valley, framed to the North by the magnificent Three Deans.
The Sculpture Park adds an exciting and interesting point of difference for those visiting the Waipara area and provides for a diverse range of interests, including sculpture, humorous mechanical contraptions, native gardens and views of the North Canterbury landscape. Many visitors have described the Quarry as an inspirational place in which to spend time. It an ideal setting for people to relax in and we encourage people to bring along a picnic and really make the most of being here.
Steel is Raymonds medium of choice. His style of work encompasses a wide range of artistic creations from extremely time-consuming stainless steel sculptures to quirky kinetic pieces. "Steel- its good stuff [he grins] where would we be without it. Its a great process working with steel, there is so much to learn, and so many possibilities".
He combines traditional and contemporary methods. Integrating the use of the forge and anvil with more modern engineering techniques enables Raymond to achieve more than would be possible if he were to utilise a single method approach. He is always trying to improve himself as a metal artist, constantly challenging himself and pushing the boundaries as to what is possible with the material. "It can be extremely frustrating but also deeply satisfying when you get it working".
Raymonds love for the mountains and deep concern for protecting our natural environment is an ongoing theme throughout his work. In contrast to this more serious side are his pieces that capture his unique sense of humour and eccentric inventiveness. Raymond enjoys making people laugh, always daring people to have a go on his 'contraptions'.
Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park is open to the public Sundays from 10am to 5pm (or by appointment). We also take bookings for organised groups and bus tours.
Refer to our website for more details.