Artists pleased with outcome of efforts
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.