The local artist relies on the apple theme when designing his Big Apple Project

Artist Heather Wilson and her Big Apple art piece titled Malus Domestica as a tribute to the many apple trees in Hawke’s Bay. Photo / Paul Taylor

Hawke’s Bay multimedia artist Heather Wilson discusses The Big Apple Project, one apple at a time.

One of 20 artists selected for the mass participation public art trail event, Wilson leans right on the apple theme.

Calling his one cubic meter fiberglass apple Malus Domestica, which means “apple tree,” the giant apple is covered by more than 40 varieties of apples grown in Hawke’s Bay for export.

From a nutritionist background, the full-time artist has always been attracted to apple painting.

“I’m excited to be selected for the Big Apple and go downtown with this design,” he said.

This is the original design submitted by Heather Wilson to Arts Inc Heretaunga and Studio Benega when applying to be selected for The Big Apple Project.  Photo / Provided
This is the original design submitted by Heather Wilson to Arts Inc Heretaunga and Studio Benega when applying to be selected for The Big Apple Project. Photo / Provided

After eight years working in the food industry as a food safety consultant on nutrition and labeling, the Taradale resident decided to become a full-time artist in 2003.

One of Wilson’s first galleries was the Wine Country Gallery in Havelock North, where he had several exhibitions in the early 2000s.

With several national art shows under his belt and numerous local exhibits, Wilson is excited about the challenge of making three-dimensional apples.

When asked why he applied for The Big Apple Project, Wilson said, “I realize I want to be more involved with what’s going on in my own patch.”

As an artist, she spends most of her time working outside of Hawke’s Bay and she wants to do the project to be part of the art scene here.

Wilson is a mixed media artist specializing in bold, colorful acrylics, textural and resin effects and incorporating them into his colorful apples.

Heather Wilson does a few touch-ups before her apple is ready to be displayed at Hastings CBD.  Photo / Paul Taylor
Heather Wilson does a few touch-ups before her apple is ready to be displayed at Hastings CBD. Photo / Paul Taylor

“The thought of working on a three-dimensional object on a large scale is hard and I like a challenge,” he said.

The artist’s apple will join another 19 pieces of art to be part of an art trail event through Hastings CBD.

The event is brought to Hastings by Arts Inc Heretaunga, Studio Benega and Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival and is funded by the Hastings District Council. It will turn streets, parks and public spaces into a fun, free art gallery, which will take people on a journey of discovery for a few weeks from mid -August to October 2022. It will be followed by a public auction in 2022 Hawke’s Bay Art Festival.

It is expected that Big Apples will go to private art collections or local businesses that want to have a unique representation and celebration of creativity in Hawke’s Bay and a great local industry.

You can find out more information about The Big Apple Project at: The Big Apple Project