Landmarks by Grahame Sydney, Brian Turner and Owen Marshall
As reviewed on The Cafe, TV3!
Three extraordinary New Zealand come together to produce the stunning book, Landmarks. There is Grahame Sydney who is one of NZ's most enduring artists, best known for his glorious landscapes of Central Otago with artworks that span over 40 years. There is Owen Marshall, an award-winning novelist, short story writer and poet, who has written or edited more than 35 books. And finally, there is Brian Turner, who has written non-fiction and poetry, and also plays and television scripts. They come together with Landmarks to produce a handsome hardback book that would look great on any coffee table in New Zealand.
Landmarks is a love song to the South Island, and in particular the distinct beauty of Central Otago. Each of these creatives shares a deep connection to Central Otago, with it’s vast skies and wide plains, punctuated by jagged ranges. They first collaborated on a very successful book, Timeless, and twenty-five years on they collaborate again in this new volume, in a collection that showcases a rich collection of work.
Landmarks is an extraordinarily beautiful book, one that you will want to spend time savouring the timeless images, but also enjoying stories and poetry that are an immersion into the sounds and textures of southern Aotearoa. This is a book that will resonate with anyone who holds this part of the world dear, it’s loving tribute to a unique place in New Zealand. Some of the images and words gave me goosebumps, that’s how good this book is!
Penguin Random House