Sculptors to compete for $2000 at Festival of the Elements

Last updated 11:09 11/12/2012

ELEMENTAL: Wellingtonian Mia Hamilton sculpts from clay at this year’s ‘‘earth’’ themed Festival of the Elements. ‘‘Wind’’ will the focus next February 6, with artists charged with creating pieces that move with the breeze.

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Sculptors at Porirua's Festival of the Elements will race against time to win a $1000 first prize.

Ten sculptors will compete for the Waitangi Day festival's one-day contest, creating artworks from recycled materials. They must start and finish their creations on the day, then it's over to the judges.

The theme for the competition is air, which is also the overriding theme of the festival.

Event organiser Pearl Freemantle says it's the one time everyone will be hoping for at least some breeze.

"We want the exhibits to have movement and definitely expect some to be wind-driven when they go on show." Second prize is $500 and third is $250.

An extra prize of $250 will go to the artist who wins the public vote.

This is the 12th sculpting event in the festival's 22-year history, which over the years has drawn an interesting mix of competitors from teenagers to pensioners.

"The atmosphere is always amazing," Pearl Freemantle says. "There's such strong goodwill with people helping each other, lending tools and materials and giving advice. The interaction is great."

She says the success of the competition has also been helped by ongoing generous support from Trash Palace, Bunnings, Placemakers and Firestone Porirua.

Those interested in taking part in the sculpting competition, may emaill or phone 021 029 46436.

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