Dalek Transmitter

Jamie Pickernell

“I’ve been a big fan of the British Si Fi television series “Doctor Who” right from the start (1963). So if your a fan too I’m pretty sure you can guess what I’m about to quoting for this sculpture the Dalek Transmitter….. “Exterminate exterminate exterminate!” And for the rest of you who don’t have a clue what I’m prattling on about there is always you tube.” Jamie

Title: Dalek Transmitter
Date: 2019
Medium: Corten steel, Stainless steel

Artist Description:

Dalek Transmitter is inspired by soviet block brutalist sculpture and architecture from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. The contrast between these aggressive concrete structures and their stunning natural locations is very powerful.

I wanted to create something similar here. Something out of place, disconcerting, spiky and aggressive in this peaceful rural setting. The work consists of three kinetic boxes stacked on top of each other and able to spin independently of each other. The won’t spin under wind power as planned… but you can give them a push and they’ll quite happily move at your command.  

The Kenetic nature of the work invites in the transmitter idea and yes they kind of look like inverted Daleks!!


Jamie Pickernell began his formal training began in 1989 with a 2 year Craft Design Maori Cert. at what was then called Waiariki Polytechnic in Rotorua. Then completed a Fine Arts Degree at what was then called Whanganui Polytechnics “Taupo Quay School of Fine Art”. Going on to set up “Jamie Pickernell Art Furniture”. 

He has been the recipient of many Art Awards and or the last 19 years he has made a full time living through exhibiting in outdoor sculpture shows and commissioned works, both private and public. These commissions range from sculpture to furniture through to architectural hardware and sign housings. He is inspired by this country, it’s materials, ingenuity, culture, history, flora and forna.

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