Discovery of gold in Central Otago reflected
An imposing steel and fibreglass sculpture overlooks the mighty Clutha Mata-au River in Alexandra’s Rotary Park.
Bannockburn artist Alan Waters designed the 2.5 metre high sculpture as part of a competition in which artists were asked to come up with a work reflecting the region’s gold-mining history.
Waters said the semi-abstract design of three mountain ranges with a central gold nugget, reflects the journeys and hardships of earlier times.
Each mountain arm indicates the three directions up and down river where the gold was found and towards the town where many miners settled. The gold nugget is reflective of its original geological creation from within the mountains.
‘‘It’s a semi-abstract concept of water washing down the mountains. The sculpture is made of corten steel which rusts nicely and depicts three mountain ranges with a central gold nugget. It took several months to complete and the material was sourced and laser cut in Auckland and made locally at Murdoch’s Engineering.’’
The work was unveiled during the Alexandra Thyme Festival in November 2012 in front of a crowd of about 100, he said.
‘‘I was chuffed to bits when it was unveiled. It was a joyful feeling. I just love Central Otago to bits and it just ties in with how Chris (his wife) and I feel about the land. I love designing, whether it is two or three dimensional. It doesn’t matter.’’
This sculpture, in Alexandra, was installed in 2012 and designed by Alan Waters.