3 Dec 2022

Mike Hewson: the fine art of taking risks

From Saturday Morning, 10:40 am on 3 December 2022
photo of artist Mike Hewson

Mike Hewson Photo: supplied

NZ born civil engineer turned installation artist Mike Hewson thinks that safe playgrounds are dangerous for children.

A firm belief that risk and challenge are fundamental to human development has led him to create some extraordinary sculpture park playgrounds, including the recently opened 'Rocks on Wheels' in Melbourne. 

He also created a series of works on buildings and structures damaged by the Christchurch earthquakes, which he experienced first hand.

Hewson gained a Masters in Fine Arts from Columbia University in 2016. In Australia his awards have included two national Playspace Of The Year Awards, in 2020 and 2018 respectively.