In a remote corner of New Zealand’s South Island, tucked away among the last remaining tracts of native forest, lies a little-known place of wonder. It is the life’s work and extraordinary creation of inventor, artist and self-confessed tinkerer, Blair Somerville.
For over ten years Blair has single-handedly owned, operated and ceaselessly expanded the Lost Gypsy Gallery, his wonderland of homegrown wizardry and a playground for kids and adults alike. Using only recycled materials, Blair takes DIY to artistic extremes. His creations are ingenious, interactive, and often hilariously impractical. They take many shapes and forms and share an uncanny ability to amaze, entertain and inspire.
‘Lost & Found’ invites you to take a peek into Blair's bizarre and beautiful world.
A film experiment by Joey Bania, made with funding from the BBC Worldwide Young Producers' grant.
Music provided by The Books – thebooksmusic.com/
Clothing provided by Cactus Equipment – cactusequipment.co.nz/
If you'd like to visit Blair, please note that he is open summers only, November – April, 10am to 5pm. Closed Wednesdays
ANDREA (in the door): “Unhappy is the land that breeds no hero.”
GALILEO: No, Andrea: “Unhappy is the land that needs a hero.”
Galileo, Bertolt Brecht – Scene Twelve