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Neil Dawson

With sculptures that look like optical illusions, Neil Dawson is a good man to namedrop when you're trying to look like you follow art. 

A prominent sculptor from New Zealand, Dawson's latest work is entitled Horizons. His work usually features illusion of some sort, although that's usually confined to his smaller works. This time he was commissioned by art collector Alan Gibb, who's only guideline was that the work should be as big as possible.

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And Dawson gladly obliged, creating a piece of cloth made from welded steel that's a big one. How big exactly? It's 15 metres high and 36 metres long - which makes big seem like an understatement.

It's at the Gibbs Farm Sculpture in New Zealand, which has commissioned a host of artists to create similarly eye poppingly huge artworks. And if you can't get yourself to New Zealand, make do with these images and practise your nonchalant 'yeah, I love his old work' response if anyone asks.