10 / Corrugated Iron

Corrugated iron was first produced in the 1830s in Britain, where it was only considered suitable for temporary buildings. New Zealand, however, had no such qualms, and quickly embraced the new material. It became the typical roof for the nation’s houses, while also being ideal for cladding sheds – cowsheds and woolsheds in particular – and other uses such as water tanks. In 1983 writer Geoff Chapple described the ‘unremitting ripple’ of corrugated iron across the country, where its use also extended to baches (see icon 15) and dog kennels. But perhaps some of the most unusual and inventive applications of this iron have been in the hands of Helensville sculptor Jeff Thomson, whose corrugated creations have included herds of elephants and flocks of chooks. 

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