Art for ‘soldier’s church’
ARTIST Max Gimblett has joined forces with New Zealand’s ‘‘soldiers’ church’’ to create artworks of remembrance.
Thousands of brass quatrefoil created by Gimblett are being applied to the brick exterior of St David’s Presbyterian Church as a tribute for Anzac Day.
Each will feature Gimblett’s handpainted inkworks, rendered with Japanese Sumi-e ink on Arches cold-pressed watercolour paper.
New York-based Gimblett lived in the Khyber Pass vicinity as a young boy.
The artworks will be sold to raise funds for the restoration of St David’s.
The Grafton church was built in 1927 as a place of remembrance of the First World War and became known as the ‘‘soldiers’ church’’.
The Friends of St David’s Trust is fighting against plans to demolish it to make way for a new school.
Spokesman Paul Baragwanath says the trust is hoping to sell as many of the artworks as possible to help the cause.
If the restoration of the church does not proceed, funds raised will go to the Returned Services Association and the Royal New Zealand Engineers’ Charitable Trust.
A public function, attended by Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye, for the national ‘‘Remember Them’’ campaign will be held outside the church today, April 24, from 5.30pm.
Above: An artist’s impression of how St David’s will look when the installation is complete. Sketch supplied by architects Warren and Mahoney. Right: Friends of St David’s Trust spokesman Paul Baragwanath with one of the thousands of brass quatrefoils being applied to St David’s Presbyterian Church for Anzac Day.