Elemental inspiration for boulder sculpture

20:13, Dec 30 2013
Dumitru-Ion Serban from Italy gets started on his stone. full
Dumitru-Ion Serban from Italy gets started on his stone.

Dumitru-Ion Serban is not one to let the wild weather ruin his day of turning boulders into art.

As rain cascaded down yesterday, the Italian told the Taranaki Daily News he was undeterred by the downpour.

"There are countries where they wait years for rain, so a bit of rain here is nothing," Serban said.

However, he acknowledged the rain had made working on his boulder a challenge. "But it's no problem," he said.

Serban is among the 25 artists in New Plymouth for the Te Kupenga Biennial International Stone Sculpture Symposium which runs until January 17.

Four of the artists are international, eight from elsewhere in New Zealand and 13 from Taranaki.


Serban said he decided to join the symposium after hearing a lot of "good stuff" about it from a friend.

He draws inspirations from earth's four elements - wind, water, air, and fire - and said his sculpture would have a water concept to it.

"Without water, there's nothing," he said.

When asked what he hoped visitors would take away from his finished sculpture, he said it was open to interpretation.

"It's democracy," he said.

"If a football team looks at it, they'll see something different and a team of soldiers, something else."

Taranaki Daily News