Gate­way sculp­ture fundrais­ing ‘on a roll’

The Leader (Tasman) - - CONVERSATIONS - CHERIE SIVIGNON

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.

PHOTO: CHERIE SIVIGNON/FAIRFAX NZ

Ruby Coast Ini­tia­tive Trust trustees Janet Tay­lor, David Short and Neil Bruce-Miller with a mini ver­sion of the Ma­pua Gate­way Sculp­ture.

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