Wednesday, October 14, 2009

If it’s bigger than a carrot, clap your hands

Big On Wednesday is the theme. This 8-meter high bronze Maori Warrior is being proposed for the mid North Island town of Ngaruawahia. Sadly the proposed statue comes in a meter short of the Ohakune carrot, but it is claimed to be up for “the biggest bronze statue in the Western world” title.

Three years in the planning the idea has sprung from the mind of sculptor Denis Hall of Wellington (a natural birthplace for this sort of thing). Unfortunately, in his rush to represent Maori, Hall forget to mention it to any of them. “By the way, that big bronze thing over there, it’s you. No… really.” Still, now the warrior is out of the bag, Hall has agreed to have discussions with Tainui. At the moment he's in China searching out artisans who can make his dream a reality. You can check out the reality of other Hall works here on his web site which includes his mural for Wellington restaurant The Green Parrot.
Image: The Dompost sizes up Hall’s concept