Sculptures pop up around village

GILL ALCOCK
Last updated 05:00 16/01/2013
Paora Toi Te Rangiuaia and Sally Smith

FAST ORGANISERS: Paora Toi Te Rangiuaia and Sally Smith check out locations for sculptures in Oneroa village.

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An outdoor sculpture exhibition featuring work by Waiheke artists opens this Friday and runs until February 18.

Sculpt Oneroa will feature 18 artworks by 15 artists displayed at various outdoor positions throughout the village.

The inaugural event has been organised by artists Paora Toi Te Rangiuaia and Sally Smith. It follows a meeting of Oneroa business owners before Christmas who showed an interest in an exhibition of local sculptors to coincide with the headland Sculpture on the Gulf event later this month, that takes place along the walkway above Church Bay.

Ms Smith says businesses have fully embraced the project with artworks planned to adorn walls, trees, buildings and courtyards, "all to be discovered by the public as they move through the village".

Along with works by Ms Smith and Paora, pieces by Richard Wedekind, Leon van den Eijkel, Jillian Karl, Chris Bailey, Kiya Nancarrow, Kym Rawson, Oliver Stretton Pow, Anton Forde, Lyndal Jefferies, Don Stodart, Paul Rhind, Alex Stone and Olivier Duhamel will be on show.

"It's exciting to be part of a local initiative that is a vehicle for island artists to share their voice, their humour, their comments within our community - our turangawaewae - and also to the wider visitor audience," Paora says.

The pair hopes to make the exhibition an annual event.

"As both an architect and an artist, I am interested in exploring that relationship between the two art forms and seeing the dialogue that can be created from thoughtfully placed works," Ms Smith says.

Sculpt Oneroa is a non-profit event with all profits going directly to the artists involved.

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