Takaka art­work costs $113,000

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - NINA HINDMARSH

Visitors to Takaka will soon be greeted by a ma­jor piece of art that is tipped to cost a lit­tle over $100,000.

The fi­nal de­sign and in­dica­tive cost­ings for artist Ben Tim­mins’ and de­signer Mat Nalder’s Mo­hua bird sculp­ture have been re­leased to the pub­lic and come at an es­ti­mated cost of $113,117.

The de­sign was picked last year as a fi­nal­ist for the Golden Bay Com­mu­nity Arts Coun­cil’s Gate­way Pro­ject and would be sited just after the ‘‘Welcome to Takaka’’ sign.

The fi­nal de­sign, which has changed since the first draft, fea­tures a large rep­re­sen­ta­tion of an en­dan­gered Mo­hua bird sit­ting on a rock with its wings spread about to take flight.

It would be en­gi­neered from a welded hexag­o­nal steel nut tes­sel­la­tion and be il­lu­mi­nated from the inside.

At the Golden Bay Com­mu­nity Board meet­ing on Tues­day, Arts Worker Si­mon Gray said the his­tory of who would run the pro­ject was ‘‘con­vo­luted’’ and he asked the board to find a pro­ject man­ager to take over.

‘‘The Arts Coun­cil is in a bit of a change at the mo­ment and it doesn’t have as many mem­bers as it needs,’’ he said.

‘‘We need to sup­port [the pro­ject] as an Arts Coun­cil, and that might be through work­ing with peo­ple.

‘‘We have got the pro­ject where it is now at this stage ... and now we need to stop our in­volve­ment.’’

The Gate­way Pro­ject has a seed­fund of $20,000 from the Tas­man Dis­trict Coun­cil to ‘‘en­hance’’ Golden Bay.

Seed-fund­ing is a sum of money used to help raise fur­ther funds for a cho­sen pro­ject.

Coun­cil­lor Sue Brown said she ap­pre­ci­ated the pro­ject’s his­tory about who would run it was ‘‘a bit vague’’, but her un­der­stand­ing was that seed fund­ing is granted out of rates to a group who will run the pro­ject them­selves.

‘‘So my ex­pec­ta­tion is that the Arts Coun­cil would be the ones that run it, not the com­mu­nity board.’’

Nalder said an Auck­land-based com­pany that spe­cialises in street sculp­ture, sig­nage and movie sets would con­struct the steel nut tes­sel­la­tion part.

‘‘We want to be do­ing some­thing that rep­re­sents our lo­cal area in terms of our art, and [has] longevity, us­ing ma­te­ri­als that show qual­ity.

‘‘It can chal­lenge peo­ple too, and art’s meant to chal­lenge, in terms of the kinds of ma­te­ri­als we use that make us ques­tion all sorts of things.’’

The board agreed to look into whether it was its re­spon­si­bil­ity to find a ‘‘cham­pion’’ to man­age projects and see this pro­ject to its com­ple­tion.

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The Mo­hua bird sculp­ture is es­ti­mated to cost $113,117 and would be en­gi­neered from a welded hexag­o­nal steel nut tes­sel­la­tion, pic­tured right.

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