Sculpture honours photographer

ALASTAIR PAULIN
Last updated 13:00 05/12/2013
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UPLIFTING: Gregory Crow’s family release balloons to mark the anniversary of his death, and the sculpture given in his memory. They include niece Poppy MacMillan, left, sister Jackie Crow, at left of sculpture, and sculptor Michael MacMillan, right.

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Upper Moutere sculptor Michael MacMillan has given one of his pieces to the Jack Inglis Friendship Hospital in honour of photographer Gregory Crow, who died there one year ago.

Mr Crow, the brother of Mr MacMillan's partner, Jackie Crow, grew up in Nelson and worked as a photographer in Canada. He died aged 45 from a brain tumour he had had for 10 years.

Mr MacMillan said the sculpture, called Together, represented "what the hospital was about and what Gregory was about: people coming together and gaining strength and support".

The 300kg aggregate work depicts two figures embracing. Their heads - two balls - balance on top of each other.

He says he hopes patients "will touch and reflect and get some relief from it".

Jackie Crow told the family members gathered at the anniversary of her brother's death that Mr Crow was a free spirit who drew people together and made friends wherever he was.

Mr MacMillan said in the same way, the hospital drew people together just as its founder Jack Inglis had united the community of Motueka to build the hospital, and his sculpture reflected that togetherness.

After the sculpture was unveiled, family members released helium balloons with personal messages on them.

Mr Crow returned to New Zealand to shoot and release a book about grassroots rugby in the lead-up to the Rugby World Cup. For the Love of the Game featured behind-the-scenes images from club rugby all over New Zealand, and was written by Rugby World editor Gregor Paul.

Mr Crow was known primarily for his fashion and portrait work.

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