Great Year For Sculpture OnShore

Posted by on Nov 17, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Hannah Kidd’s The Hedge Trimmer, winner of People’s Choice Awards at NZ Sculpture OnShore 2010.  Photo credit: Gil Hanly

Hannah Kidd’s The Hedge Trimmer, winner of People’s Choice Awards at NZ Sculpture OnShore 2010. Photo credit: Gil Hanly

Ten days of amazing sculpture on display at Fort Takapuna, plus the work of 12 schools and art groups in Children’s Sculpture @ The Fort proved irresistible for almost 18,000 visitors to NZ Sculpture OnShore held from November 4 – 14.

With 89 works on display outdoors, there was something for everyone, but the work exhibition visitors chose as their favourite was Hannah Kidd’s The Hedge Trimmer. Using steel rod and flattened corrugated iron, Hannah’s depiction of an elderly woman stretching precariously with trimmers in hand, watched by a quizzical dog, was the clear winner from nearly 3,000 votes cast.

NZ Sculpture OnShore also offered guided tours for adults, children and school groups courtesy of Auckland Council. An expanded children’s program also meant a 30 percent growth in younger visitor numbers.

Sculpture sales, both for the outdoor exhibition and the smaller scale works in the indoor Gallery, were comparable with those for the previous exhibition held in 2008.

NZ Sculpture OnShore will announce the donation the event’s proceeds will make to NZ Women’s Refuges in February 2011.

Organisers thank the inspirational artists who make the event possible, Hesketh Henry Lawyers, its other generous sponsors and patrons and the dedicated volunteers that gave tirelessly and enthusiastically to make NZ Sculpture OnShore an iconic event for all Aucklanders.

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