Artists pleased with out­come of ef­forts

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCKOY

Satur­day marked the fi­nale of the 2012 Mata­mata Sculp­ture Sym­po­sium which was an ‘‘awe­some’’ two weeks ac­cord­ing to the sculp­tors who took part.

The sym­po­sium ran from March 5 till March 17 at the Rail­side Green in Mata­mata.

Nine­teen sculp­tors had reg­is­tered and spent the fort­night mak­ing their blocks of Hin­uera stone into a form of art.

Fol­low­ing the event, the pieces were auc­tioned off last Satur­day.

Robyn Gor­don said she was ‘‘ rapt’’ with how her sculp­ture had turned out.

‘‘I have made some gate posts to put at our drive­way en­trance and I am just rapt with them,’’ she said.

Liv­ing in the coun­try in­spired the de­sign as there were al­ways tui fly­ing around so she thought it was only fit­ting to put a tui on the front.

‘‘ I then used a weld­ing torch and cooked the stone then put a weather shield on them.

‘‘ I re­ally like the colour they have come up as.’’

An­other two sculp­tors, Li­lach Paul and Barak Ya­hau, said they had also had a great time at the sym­po­sium.

The pair trav­elled from Auck­land to be a part of it and had a treat in store for view­ers with their de­sign, Fire Earth and Water.

‘‘ We thought about do­ing some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent,’’ Ms Paul said.

‘‘ We put a water pump in one half and methy­lated spir­its in the other.

‘‘We lit the meth so we had fire and put some nat­u­ral oils in it to cre­ate a nice aroma.’’

Pres­i­dent An­thony van den Berg said over­all the sym­po­sium was a great event de­spite the fact not all the pieces sold in the auc- tion as they had hoped.

‘‘Hav­ing an in­ter­ac­tion with the public and be­ing on dis­play is great. A lot of lo­cals and Ki­wis stum­ble across us and are re­ally in­ter­ested – it be­comes a real high­light,’’ he said.

Fire, Earth and Water: From left, sculp­tors Barak Ya­hau and Li­lach Paul with their fin­ished de­sign and sym­po­sium pres­i­dent An­thony van den Berg.

Gate post: Sculp­tor Robyn Gor­don putting the final touches on the gate posts she de­signed at the sym­po­sium.

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