Sym­po­sium brings stone ‘to life’

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

Us­ing a block of Hin­uera stone, a ham­mer and a chisel along with a bit of cre­ativ­ity can de­liver some in­cred­i­ble re­sults – as seen at the Mata­mata Sculp­ture Sym­po­sium each year.

Be­tween Mon­day, March 5 and Fri­day, March 16 about 20 sculp­tors from around the coun­try will gather for at Rail­side Green for the sym­po­sium which is in its 23rd year.

Reg­is­tra­tions are still open for all be­gin­ners, in­ter­me­di­ate and ad­vanced sculp­tors.

All Hin­uera stone will be supplied and can be bought on the day at the event.

Sym­po­sium pres­i­dent An­thony van den Berg en­cour­ages peo­ple to reg­is­ter and have a go – even if they have never done so be­fore.

Sculp­tor Ash­ley Grant will run a two-day week­end work­shop on March 10 and 11 for those who want to try sculpt­ing for the first time.

‘‘Peo­ple can come along and try it at the work­shop or reg­is­ter for the en­tire event.

Ev­ery­one is free what­ever they like.

Mr van den Berg said there

to make was a va­ri­ety of rock sizes avail­able so if peo­ple wanted to use smaller pieces they might de­cide to make two sculp­tures.

‘‘The work­shop will teach ba­sic tech­niques us­ing ba­sic hand tools,’’ he said.

‘‘Of­ten peo­ple come with the ideas and we help them cre­ate the third di­men­sion.

‘‘Sculpt­ing is a form of cre­at­ing some­thing into a piece of art – be­ing able to bring it to life – and of course it is a lovely way to pass time.’’

The sculp­tors will be busy at Rail­side Green for the two weeks, Mon­day to Fri­day, dur­ing work­ing hours.

Last year the sym­po­sium or­gan­is­ers ini­ti­ated the peo­ple’s choice award which was pre­sented to Terry Parker for a large bird and the award is in­cluded again this year.

To con­clude the event, on Satur­day, March 17, all the pieces will be auc­tioned on site.

For reg­is­tra­tion forms please see www.mata­matanz. co.nz

Ready to sculpt: Com­mit­tee mem­bers from left Robyn Gor­don, An­thony van den Berg and Karin Barr are pre­par­ing for their an­nual sculp­ture sym­po­sium in March.

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