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Champions of art in public places

The bronze statues of Footrot Flats' Wal and his dog and the surfboard-based sculpture at Roberts Road are among many projects Art in Public Places members Kay Crosby, Margot Searle and Karen Richardson were celebrated for at the trust's last meeting.

While the three women's work was acknowledged at the meeting, their retirement left the trust at a crossroads, said trust chairwoman, Gisborne Mayor Rehette Stoltz.

“Over the years these women have been integral in a number of different public art pieces around the district.”

Mrs Stoltz thanked them for their many hours of work — mostly fundraising to achieve goals requested by the community.

Among other public artworks around the district the three women were involved with were the red Voyager boat by Waikanae Stream, and in Gladstone Road, the ceramic whale tooth, and The Guardian - Te Tairawhiti, a four-metre high plexiglass cylindrical sculpture designed to symbolise the meeting of two cultures.

The Art in Public Places Trust was formally registered in May 2008, but was formed in 2004 out of a community committee that had raised funds from the late 1990s.

The trust is now made up of Mayor Stoltz, councillors Debbie Gregory, Larry Foster and Colleen Skuse.

At the meeting, Mrs Stoltz said it was time for a review of the trust and how it worked with council to provide public art for the community.

Mrs Stoltz would like to hear from anyone interested in joining the trust. Contact the council and ask for the mayor's office.

PUBLIC ART ADVOCATES: Art in Public Places Trust stalwarts Kay Crosby (left), Margot Searle and Karen Richardson were presented with long-service certificates at the AIPP's last meeting. Picture supplied
Voyager sculpture at Waikanae stream.
The whale tooth in Gladstone road.
Surf sculpture at Roberts Road.
Plexiglass work symbolising the meeting of two cultures.