Westburn School to celebrate 50 years

04:56, Oct 26 2012
Westburn School
REACHING ART: Westburn School pupils Oscar Stevenson and Christine Jeon, both 5, play on a sculpture created by Doug Neil to mark the school's 50th anniversary this weekend.

Westburn School will celebrate its 50th anniversary this weekend with the dedication of a 2.4-metre sculpture with a difference.

The sculpture, donated to the school by Christchurch sculptor Doug Neil, is carved in Timaru bluestone and, unlike so many other pieces of artwork, the children are encouraged to play on it.

Neil said it was important to him that children could climb all over it.

He spent six weeks carving the sculpture from a 4-tonne piece of stone.

"The title of it is Sanctuary, which is what every school should be," he said.

Westburn School board of trustees member Leaanne O'Sullivan said the sculpture was a special gift and the school was delighted to receive it.

"It's quite tactile. It's a wonderful piece of art," she said.

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