Sculptures for Whangarei Quarry Gardens
Raising funds for 2 new sculptures to be installed at Whangarei Quarry Gardens - adding more interest to our wonderful community project.Northland
Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a community Garden project and host to the biennial event, Sculpture Northland. In 2019 we had an stunning collection of works in the Gardens and would sincerely like two of the sculptures to remain here forever. They are both beautiful symbols of what we love here in New Zealand and will be a real asset to the Gardens.
The first is a large corten steel piece by artist, Shane Hansen. "Te Kereru Rua" is the stunning image of the native wood-pigeon "cut-out" in steel, and is over 2 metres in height. It sits perfectly in the Gardens, and represents the precious native birds that flourish here in the Gardens and throughout Northland that need our protection.
The second piece "Hand holding a young Kiwi" is a bronze work by Susan Dinkelacker. This stunning sculpture was first carved in wood, and then cast in bronze. The idea originally stemming from a photograph that Susan saw in the local paper of Robert Webb holding a young Kiwi in his hands. Robert works at the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre, and Susan is also donating 10% of the fee to the Centre to help our local birdlife.
Whangarei Quarry Gardens borders the Pukenui forest, and we now have had Kiwi released into our area and hope to see their population rise again with our help. It would be very fitting to have this lovely Kiwi permanently at our entrance.
Both of these works are very special taonga and have been created by local artists who both have a passion for art, nature and Northland. Many of our volunteers have already contributed towards the works. If you would like to "givealittle" to help us keep these beautiful sculptures at Whangarei Quarry Gardens for everyone to enjoy, would would truly appreciate it.
Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a subtropical oasis created by volunteers in the remnants of a former stone quarry in Northland, New Zealand. The Gardens have been bringing people and plants together for over 20 years.
Use of funds
The money will be spent on the purchase of two sculptures for Whangarei Quarry Gardens - also supporting local art.
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This page was created on 12 Feb 2020 and closed on 12 May 2020.