Mak­ing nat­u­ral art out of drift­wood

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boss and pro­posed an idea.

With his boss’ tools, he would started cre­at­ing his first mas­sive feat — a tow­er­ing tyran­nosaurus rex di­nosaur to sit as a road­side at­trac­tion.

The fas­ci­na­tion grew into a pas­sion as the com­mis­sions be­gan to roll in.

Six years later, he bought tools of his own and moved to Whanganui in 2014, where he now works from a large ware­house.

“Drift­wood lends it­self per­fectly to the shape of an­i­mals,” he said.

“It’s nice to make na­ture out of na­ture.”

The cre­ative process is one that Jack finds meditative.

He said it helps quiet his mind and washes away ev­ery­thing else.

Jack’s lat­est cre­ation, the god­wit, was de­scribed as an en­gi­neer­ing feat be­fore it was even a sculp­ture.

Perched on the top of a jar­rah hard­wood power pole, it needed to with­stand high winds and coastal weather.

Jack said he still won’t know how it will hold up un­til the next strong wind.

How­ever, the drift­wood wings do hide re­in­forced steel.

Over the years he has made hun­dreds of sculp­tures in­clud­ing a kiwi that sits at the Na­tional Park Ski Vil­lage, but the most pop­u­lar com­mis­sion was the moa, with Jack cre­at­ing a to­tal of 48.

This year he hopes to cre­ate an ex­hi­bi­tion of eco tro­phies — in­door, wall-hung an­i­mal heads made of drift­wood, mounted like hunters’ tro­phies.

“No an­i­mals have to get killed, but you can still have a head on the wall,” he said.

He de­scribes the eco tro­phies as more de­tailed re­fined art­work that you would be proud to put on the wall in your lounge room or man cave.

“Hunters will like them be­cause they can have an ele­phant on the wall and non­hunters will like them be­cause no an­i­mal has to die,” he said.

But his ul­ti­mate dream would be to get some com­mis­sions abroad.


WHANGANUI artist Jack Mars­den-Mayer.

LVN020518ac­drift­wood PHOTOS: ASH­LEIGH COL­LIS

A gi­ant drift­wood God­wit perched pride of place at Fox­ton’s Top 10 Hol­i­day Park.

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