Councillor: Indeed. It is becoming the bronze capital of New Zealand.
M: I want us to get in on some of that bronze action. We need a big local name to celebrate, someone we can bronze up and put in a park somewhere.
C: Turn Kurow into one of those cultural capital things?
M: That’s the spirit. Who’ve we got, famous-wise?
C: There’s that Wilson family who had the kid that won New Zealand has Talent.
C: I’ve got it. McAwsome!
M: Ritchie? Oh, I don’t know. He’s a big fellah … take a lot of bronze … expensive..
C: Not if we use the lost wax process.
M: True enough.
C: We could get that guy Patterson to do it, he’s a civic sculpture whizz kid.
M: Whatever. First thing we need to sell the idea.
C: We could get a maquette made
M: What, show them a tent?
C: No, not a marquee, a little version of what we’ve got in mind made out of butter or something.
M: You mean a tiny statue of Ritchie we could show people and say ‘look, it’s only small, it won’t cost hardly anything’?
C: Yeah, a conceptual model.
And that is what they did