Sculpture contest attracts 38 entries

Last updated 05:00 03/06/2014
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DOUG FIELD
JUDGE: Scultptor Johnny Peninsula is on the South Alive judging panel.

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A European artist is one of the 36 sculptors to enter the South Alive national sculpture competition.

Entries have now closed, with 38 entries vying to be a landmark contemporary sculpture in south Invercargill.

Thirty-six sculptors - 10 from Southland and one from Europe - have entered the competition. Judging panel member Johnny Penisula, an internationally renowned sculptor, said some of New Zealand's best sculptors had entered the competition.

"It's hugely exciting and gratifying to see the interest that this competition has generated," Penisula said.

The sculpture proposals were all interesting to read, he said.

One talked about the importance of flax to the area, another about a rope factory that used to exist in the city.

South Alive chairman Colin Anderson said the proposals he had seen were for tall, striking sculptures.

"There's a real variety of things."

The sculpture would make a key contribution towards the transformation being sought for the area and he hoped it would become a source of pride for the people of south Invercargill.

The judging panel will meet this month to select up to three finalists, and it is hoped the winner will be announced in August.

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