Gateway sculpture fundraising ‘on a roll’
Fundraising for the second in a planned trio of sculptures at gateways to the Ruby Coast has topped $28,000 in less than two months.
The foundations were already in place for the second creation, the Mapua Gateway Sculpture, when a $48,000 fundraising drive was launched in April by the Ruby Coast Initiative Trust.
Secretary Janet Taylor said two ‘‘significant grants’’, one from Rata Foundation and the other from Mainland Foundation, along with a lot of ‘‘fantastic’’ donations from local businesses and individuals had brought down the fundraising target to $20,000.
‘‘It is so exciting,’’ she said of the $28,000 raised to date.
The Mapua & Ruby Bay Coastal News had also indicated it intended to make a donation.
‘‘We’re on a roll,’’ Taylor said. ‘‘[However], we’re not quite there yet.’’
Additional grant applications were being prepared and mini 1m-high sculptures of the planned 9.5m-high Mapua installation were being made to order. Selling for $900 each, or $950 with a light, the mini sculptures were made of aluminium with a wooden base.
There were also some signed prints of the painting Mapua Montage by artist Betty Salter for sale at $30 each. Salter earlier donated the original painting, which had been raffled to raise money for the project.
In addition, donations were also welcomed and for amounts of $1000 or more, the donor’s name or business logo could be placed on the sculpture.
The Mapua sculpture, to be made from recycled stainless steel, is set to be installed near the intersection of the Coastal Highway and Mapua Drive. It will be similar to the first of the trio, the Aporo Gateway Sculpture, which was installed in 2015 at the Tasman village entrance to the Ruby Coast route.
However, while the Aporo sculpture reflected bird life of the Moutere estuary, the Mapua work will depict the fish life of the Waimea Inlet.
A third sculpture, planned for the Seaton Valley intersection, will feature the cut-out shapes of the bird and fish life in the first two sculptures.
Ruby Coast Initiative Trust trustees Janet Taylor, David Short and Neil Bruce-Miller with a mini version of the Mapua Gateway Sculpture.