En­try art un­veiled

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PURONGORONGO -

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’’.

Pho­tos: MIGHTY RIVER POWER

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.

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