Seats arrive at park

Seats have started to arrive in Tamahere Park, including some with the distinctive sculptural style of renowned local artist Marti Wong.

So far, in and around the playground on Wiremu Tamehana Dr and adjacent piazza, are five of Wong’s unique seats, three benches and two oversize wooden seats, reports a delighted Tamahere councillor Aksel Bech.

Also in construction are three water fountains, including one with a dog bowl, which are supported by Newstead Vets.

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Sculptures set for park

A unique combination of sculpture and seating is set to make the central Tamahere Park a must visit.

Renowned Tamahere sculptor Marti Wong has so far created three one-of-a-kind park seats thanks to the generous sponsorship of other residents.

So far, a steam punk-themed bench seat has been completed along with one titled huia feather and another depicting Mt Pirongia.

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Steel menagerie on display

Tamahere sculptor Marti Wong sits in the high-backed, regal-looking throne and his hand automatically alights on the head of the dog sitting obediently at his feet.

The dog is cool to his touch. So is the throne. And a menagerie of animals ranging around them both.

Wong, the sculptor in steel of creatures both commonplace and mythological, has again been amassing a collection which will be exhibited from Thursday, June 1 at Hamilton’s Soul Gallery.

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Here be dragons

Among the dragons, legendary sea monsters, bull headed monsters, flying panthers and unicorns the shining, grey and grumpy-looking walrus seemed downright plain.

Not that you could call any of the mythological beasts created by Tamahere steel sculptor Marti Wong truly plain. Grey walrus perhaps only seems so by comparison to his more fanciful companions.

Others can decide where walrus stands – or hangs – among his memorable mates when Wong’s first exhibition in four years kicks off at Hamilton’s Soul Gallery this week.

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Sharp eye on rural art

Inspirit Gallery’s latest exhibition, Rural Delivery, is to feature on TV One’s Seven Sharp programme this week.

Today, producer Dean Butler visited the Pencarrow Rd gallery to talk to steel sculptor Marti Wong about his Swirling Red Bull, a 250kg sculpture that took 200 hours to create out of salvaged motor parts, 44-gallon drums and ancient Chinese coins.

The film crew also talked to artist Ciane Lawrey-Ginger about several artworks in the Rural Delivery exhibition inspired by her grandfather’s letters written during World War 2, including his time as a prisoner of war on Crete.

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