Kashin sculpture proves popular

16:00, Nov 29 2012
kashin scuplture
Kashin’s here: A 3.5 metre high driftwood sculpture of the Auckland Zoo’s late Kashin the elephant is on display at the Albany Toyota showroom.

A driftwood re-creation of beloved zoo elephant Kashin which won a people's choice award at 2012 NZ Sculpture OnShore is on display in Albany until December 15.

Jack Marsden Mayer's sculpture is in the Albany Toyota showroom before it is auctioned.

"Made from driftwood shapes sourced from the mouth of the Whanganui River, creating the work was a bit like assembling a giant jigsaw puzzle when you've lost the picture on the box lid," NZ Sculpture OnShore exhibition curator Rob Garrett says.

The sculpture of Kashin is 3 metres high and as near as possible to life size, which Mr Marsden Mayer says is an Asian elephant rather than the bigger African species. The sculptor has already created even bigger works - a tyrannosaurus rex for his Forgotten World Sculpture Park at Wades Landing in Raurimu, near National Park Village.

NZ Sculpture OnShore is owned by Friends of Women's Refuges, a charitable trust formed in 1995 to raise funds for the support of NZ Women's Refuge. Including $150,000 from the 2008 exhibition, NZ Sculpture OnShore has donated more than $1.2 million to help victims of family violence.

Visit nzsculptureonshore.co.nz/ for information.

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