Sculp­tors pass on skills

See artists at work

Stratford Press - - Front Page - By ALICE COWDREY

Pass­ing down skills and giv­ing back is the aim of a Mid­hirst based art sym­po­sium which fea­tures some of New Zealand’s best carvers and sculp­tors.

Oro Haaruru is a live sculpt­ing event which started on Mon­day and runs un­til Oc­to­ber 20 and is ac­com­mo­dat­ing around 30 New Zealand artists who work in a range of medi­ums from stone, mar­ble, metal and wood.

The pub­lic are able visit any day be­tween 10am and

4pm to watch the creations come alive at the hands of the highly skilled ar­ti­sans. Works will be ex­hib­ited and for sale from Oc­to­ber 20 to De­cem­ber

20, with a per­cent­age of the prof­its of sale be­ing given to Taranaki Sui­cide Preven­tion Mo­bile Unit and some sculp­tures do­nated to Star­ship Hos­pi­tal.

Event host and artist Tai Meuli says the sculp­tors are from many walks of life and are a range of ages and skill sets in­clud­ing black­smiths, mas­ter carvers and stone sculp­tors.

Tai — who works in stone, wood and steel and has been cre­at­ing for 25 years — says the sculp­tors and carvers all live and breathe the craft and are at the top of their game.

“It’s ab­so­lutely amaz­ing be­cause the con­cept is to bring like minded peo­ple to­gether — older peo­ple to pass their skills on to the younger peo­ple to keep it alive.

“It’s like a wanaga — a learn­ing place of ec­cen­tric artists.”

As part of the event, 80 pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate schools from Mokau to Waver­ley have been asked to en­ter a com­pe­ti­tion to cre­ate a sculp­ture de­sign.

The two win­ners will have their sculp­ture de­signs brought to life and turned into a $10,000 mas­ter­piece over the course of 10 weeks.

A sculp­ture worth $10,000 will also be do­nated to Mid­hirst School.

■ Sculp­tors will be work­ing un­til Oc­to­ber 20 at 614 Sal­is­bury Rd, Mid­hirst. The sym­po­sium ex­hi­bi­tion opens on Oc­to­ber 21 and runs un­til De­cem­ber 20. The pub­lic can visit be­tween 10am and 4pm.

‘It’s ab­so­lutely amaz­ing be­cause the con­cept is to bring like minded peo­ple to­gether — older peo­ple to pass their skills on to the younger peo­ple to alive.’ keep it TAI MEULI

TAI Meuli cre­ates a sculp­ture.

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