Layla Walter – Kowhai Coromandel Gold

Winning Bid: $1,800.00

Layla Walter
Kowhai Coromandel Gold, 2020
Cast Glass. Height 12 cm Diameter 12.5 cm

Kowhai – Coromandel Gold relates to my homeland, Coromandel Peninsula. Kowhai are a golden yellow flower which blooms here. Unfortunately 80,000 hectares of this land is under threat by permit for mining activities, including areas classed as ‘most precious’. This work was designed to raise awareness for Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki who work to protect this land and waters from the toxic pollution of gold mining. For an amount of gold for one ring, 20 tones of toxic waste are created. About 70% of gold extracted from the earth goes straight back underground into vaults; there is already plenty of gold extracted for technology, medical and jewellery uses. Don’t risk dredging toxic sediment from harbours in the pursuit of a little more gold. Leave these waters clean and the hills alone to bloom golden in the spring. This work was a finalist in the MMC 3D Awards. Specialist valuation NZ$2,500.00


Artist Bio:

Justine Olsen from Te Papa Tongarewa says “The visual simplicity of Layla Walter’s forms belie complex conversations around New Zealand’s history, our environment and the importance of people and place”. Nationally Walter’s work is held in distinguished private collections and significant public institutions (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Museum). Her work is displayed in museums, galleries and cultural embassies around the world including the Pacific, Africa, Europe, Central Asia, The Middle East and USA. Walter is a representative for Aotearoa / New Zealand on the World Craft Council – Asia Pacific Region. Her glass is represented by Traver Gallery, Seattle, USA and in New Zealand by Masterworks Gallery, NZ Glassworks, Avid Gallery, and Milford Galleries. When international master glass artist Daniel Clayman lectures about glass over the ages – from 3500 years until the present, he shows an image of ‘Kokako’ by Layla Walter to convey what is possible now. More info via

Total Bids Placed:

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Highest bidder was: d******1

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
d******1 October 10, 2020 7:59 pm $1,800.00
e**a October 10, 2020 9:35 am $1,750.00
Auction started September 29, 2020 9:12 am