Art for ‘sol­dier’s church’

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

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.

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