Bluff to replicate anchor chain sculpture

01:43, Jan 31 2009
BLUFF LINK: Bluff Community Board chairwoman Jan Mitchell showing off an artist's impression of an Anchor Chain sculpture, set to be installed at Stirling Point in Bluff this year.

A controversial anchor chain artwork sculpture installed at Lee Bay on Stewart Island six years ago — which was famously shot at soon after its unveiling — is to be replicated at Stirling Point, in Bluff, this year.

The Community Trust of Southland yesterday celebrated its 20th birthday by announcing it had approved $100,000 in funding to establish the new artwork.

Renowned local artist Russell Beck, who created the Stewart Island anchor chain sculpture, has been commissioned to also undertake the Stirling Point anchor chain sculpture.

Community Trust of Southland chief executive John Prendergast said the Stirling Point anchor chain would illustrate the mythological link between the canoe of Maui and its anchor stone.

"One end of the chain is already attached to the anchor where it comes ashore on Stewart Island — the anchor stone.

"But it is not presently attached to the waka — the South Island, of which Stirling Point is the prow," he said.

"So installing the anchor chain at the Stirling Point end will complete the linkage." The project was a collaborative effort with input also from iwi, Invercargill City Council, the Department of Conservation and the Bluff community, he said.

The Trust launched its new logo yesterday, "Te Pou Arataki Pounamu o Murihiku", meaning "the stanchion that all pathways in Murihiku lead to where people obtain the treasures that enable them to fulfil their aspirations".



The Southland Times