Entry art unveiled
Stories and memories of his childhood all acted as inspiration when Fred Graham designed the new gateway art at the Horahora entrance to the Waikato River Trails.
The impressive feature, situated near the Pokaiwhenua car park, was unveiled on July 25.
Graham spoke about the different features of the structure which was erected on the same property he grew up on 67 years ago.
Taking pride in and protecting our land and waterways is important for future generations, he said on the day.
‘‘ Until now our rivers have survived . . . both nature and man.
‘‘Their greatest threat today is pollution so my greatest wish is that in 67 years’ time my grandson will be able to stand in this same spot and say the rivers still run clean.’’
He said the sculpture, which was built by artist Eugene Kara, turned out ‘‘very good’’.
Waikato River Trails Charitable Trust general manager Glyn Wooller said the trust is thankful its major sponsor Mighty River Power put them in touch with the Graham family.
The finished piece cost just over $15,000 and was funded through the South Waikato District Council’s creative communities fund.
MP Louise Upston also addressed the crowd, calling the design ‘‘majestic’’.
Enjoyed by all: MP Louise Upston and Waikato River Trails Charitable Trust chairman Stuart Edmeades, right, are impressed with Fred Graham’s creative vision.
Proud designer: Fred Graham explains the concept behind the art work that now stands at the gateway to the Waikato River Trails Horahora entrance.