An angel of love searching for a home
She is for the fallen, she is for the downtrodden, she is for those in pain - but she doesn’t have anywhere to live in Masterton.
For sculptor and hairdresser Elaine Hurndell, the life-sized angel she created, known as Grace, is a pure product of her passion for those in the Wairarapa town who need more light in their lives.
The only problem is, Hurndell doesn’t have anywhere to put her concrete symbol of hope.
It has always been her vision to have Grace installed in a prominent place in Masterton, possibly in the town square next to the town hall or the historic Hosking Garden in Queen Elizabeth Park.
But up until now, Masterton District councillors haven’t exactly been sold on the idea of having Grace watch over their town.
The council initially knocked back an application from Hurndell for funding and a request to place her statue in Hosking Garden when the project was first proposed two years ago.
But Hurndell forged ahead with construction anyway, which she funded out of her own pocket. Now that the statue is complete, she hopes more people will support it.
‘‘I want it outside the town hall, but I’m open to suggestions. It has to be in sight of everybody, not hidden away so you have to go and find her,’’ Hurndell said.
‘‘I will be donating it to the town and I promise to maintain it myself for at least 20 years.’’
Masterton Mayor Lyn Paterson said the council would be happy to receive a fresh application for Grace to be installed in a public space.
‘‘She [Hurndell] would need to come and talk to us about where her preference would be and then we can work through and identify possible sites.’’
A reflection pool has been fashioned at the base of the statue, which is decorated with crystal candleholders and over 800 handmade and hand-painted kowhai flowers.
The trickiest parts of the con- struction were the arms, which were attached earlier this week, Hurndell said.
She envisaged people visiting the statue and placing candles in remembrance.
‘‘I know there’ll be many friendships made at the base of Grace. Two angels with broken wings together can fly.’’
Some Masterton residents are already excited by the possibilities of having Grace on public display.
Robyn-Jane Wren said it would be better in the park because more people would stop and enjoy it there.
Masterton sculptor Elaine Hurndell has created a life-sized sculpture of an angel called Grace with a reflecting pool and places for candles.