Stone sym­po­sium on in early March

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news -

The 24th an­nual Mata­mata Sculp­ture Sym­po­sium at the Rail­side by the Green is planned from March 4 to 15.

The sym­po­sium at­tracts a mix­ture of sculp­tors with a wide range of ex­pe­ri­ence who cre­ate art­works out of the Waikato’s own Hin­uera stone.

The Rail­side by the Green is open to the pub­lic and peo­ple are able to in­ter­act with the sculp­tors while they work on their pieces.

Some carvers work their rocks with only hand tools, oth­ers are cre­at­ing pieces with the use of power tools.

In 2013 sculp­tors are wel­come to sup­ply and use alternative sculpt­ing medium.

The pieces cre­ated dur­ing the sym­po­sium will be for sale by auc­tion on Satur­day, March 16, at 11am on site.

A pub­lic view­ing will be held at 5pm on Fri­day, March 15.

Dur­ing the week peo­ple will be able to make silent bids on pieces they are in­ter­ested in buy­ing.

The sym­po­sium gives sculp­tors the op­por­tu­nity to work on a large rock (up to one tonne).

A fork­lift is on site for shift­ing and plac­ing the stones as needed.

This year the sculp­tors are also hav­ing the choice of smaller, eas­ily move­able rock sizes. Smaller pieces caters for those who can­not ac­com­mo­date huge art­works in their homes.

Anne de Silva, a found­ing mem­ber of the Mata­mata Sculp­ture Sym­po­sium, has put to­gether pho­tos and mem­o­ries of the past 20 years and the book Mata­mata-Hin­uera Stone Sculp­ture – 20 years was pub­licly launched three years ago.

Copies of the book will be for sale on site.

There are lim­ited copies so be quick.

The in­for­ma­tion web­site, mata­matas­culp­ is a new web­site and in con­junc­tion with the sym­po­sium will be run­ning a week­end work­shop for begin­ners on March 9 and 10 tu­tored by Tau­ranga sculp­tor Ash­ley Grant. En­rol­ments are wel­come. Any in­quiries can be made to An­thony on 888 9973.

To get the pub­lic en­gaged dur­ing the event peo­ple are be­ing in­vited to vote for their favourite sculp­ture/sculp­tor on site.

The win­ner of this Peo­ple’s Choice Award will be an­nounced on the auc­tion day.

Last year’s win­ning sculp­tor was artist Craig Jor­dan.


A re­stored World War II mos­quito bomber plane stopped at Wa­haroa Air­field on Mon­day to the de­light of those at­tend­ing the Walsh Me­mo­rial Scout Fly­ing School. This was the last flight for pi­lot Keith Skilling. The mos­quito will make its way to the United States where it will be stored with a num­ber of other war planes.

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