John Van Beek
John lives at Lake Tekapo – 13 on SH 8 in the Lake Tekapo village. He is a Wire Artist making affordable sculptures – recycling and turning old fencing wire into unique and orginial artwork.
Balls, Trees, Sheep, Flowers and other sculptures made with either Barbed Wire or Plain Wire - Rusty or Galvanized.
In 2008 John started making Wire Sheep for his garden at Lake Tekapo. John is a self taught artist with a farming background and fencing experience. He uses pliers, clippers and some home-made tools to achieve the sculptures. For bigger pieces he uses reinforcing rod as a frame and weaves the wire around them. The Sculptures can be pegged down to the ground and make impressive garden features.
John immigrated to NZ with his family from The Netherlands when he was four years old, and moved to Le Bons Bay on Banks Peninsula.
He and wife Lynda moved from Rangiora to Lake Tekapo to build a Lodge and sold that in 2012.
The sculptures are a new twist on the Kiwi No 8 wire attitude.
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