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Sculptures put art on island streets

GEORGE GARDNER
Last updated 05:00 18/12/2013
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Works of art are raising eyebrows, provoking thoughts and brightening up the island's gateway village.

Fourteen Sculpt Oneroa installations are on view on both sides of Ocean View Rd until January 19.

They range from anodised aluminium sculptures to laminated timber 3D artworks and huge redwood thrones.

Co-organiser and sculptor Paora Toi Te Rangiuaia says a lot of time, money and energy has been poured into the works.

"We are here on the street representing the community."

Waiheke community art gallery chairman Alex Stone applauds the sculptors for taking art out of their minds and on to the street.

"I would suggest art needs a dose of fresh air therapy every so often.

"This is an extremely welcoming island for artists. It's one of the greatest love stories of all time - Waiheke Island and artists."

The exhibition was officially opened on Friday with speeches by Paora and Alex, and an opening karakia by sculptor Chris Bailey. All the works are for sale.

The exhibition was put on with the aid of a $4000 grant awarded by the former Waiheke Local Board, and with the help of several sponsors.

Visit sculptoneroa.co.nz or phone 027 773 2975.

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