Artist's plans for memorial statue prepared

JACQUIE WEBBY
Last updated 05:00 03/12/2013
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KITTED OUT: Oamaru artist Don Paterson's wax marquette or miniature of the World War I statue.

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Plans to commission a lifesize statue of a World War I soldier as a commemorative project in Fairlie have taken a step further.

A wax marqette or miniature of the statue and representative of the 8th Regiment, South Canterbury Mounted Rifles, has been produced by Oamaru artist Don Paterson.

Mr Paterson said photos of the marquette had been sent to the project co-ordinators, which include former Albury resident and local historian Jeremy Sutherland.

"The statue captures a young fellow off to war and waiting at the railway station for his train to arrive," he said.

"He will be clad in a khaki uniform complete with regimental badges and will carry his kit bag and rifle. The skin portions of the statue will be copper-coloured and on his head will be a slouch hat turned up on one side.

Once the paperwork for the statue has been signed, Mr Paterson estimates construction and finishing will take around three months.

It will be built in brass and fibreglass and is expected to cost about $30,000.

Although funding from private sources already has $6000 in the bank, it is hoped the balance of the work will be met by the Government which set aside $17.2 million for WWI centenary initiatives.

Once completed, the statue will be erected opposite the Gladstone Grand Hotel in Fairlie, and Mr Sutherland hopes it will be complemented by other centenary projects.

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