Sculpture Symposium to kick off this weekend

Ashburton District will welcome 15 professional sculptors from around New Zealand this Saturday 29 October when the Ashburton Stone Sculpture Symposium gets underway at the Ashburton Domain.

More than 20 tonnes of Mount Somers limestone and Timaru bluestone will be crafted into exquisite sculptures which will be on display in the Ashburton Domain before being auctioned off on Sunday 20 November.

Ashburton District Council Service Delivery Group Manager Neil McCann says the Symposium is a wonderful opportunity for the community to see highly skilled artists at work using locally-sourced stone.

“This will be the second time the Symposium is held in Ashburton, and we are very proud to have such talented artists coming along to participate. The Domain is a lovely place to be this time of year and we’re looking forward to having the completed sculptures on display throughout the Domain before they’re auctioned off.”

Visitors to the Ashburton Domain will be able to watch the sculptors work from 29 October until 11 November near the children’s paddling pool along Walnut Avenue. The completed works will be on display from 12 - 20 November.

The Symposium will wrap up during a Family Fun Day in the Domain on Sunday 20 November from 11am - 3pm. The sculptures will be auctioned on the day, starting at 1.30pm.

Ashburton District Council will be sponsoring the People’s Choice Award for the Symposium, with the winner receiving $500.

The Ashburton Stone Sculpture Symposium made its debut in 2014 in celebration of the Ashburton Domain’s 150 year anniversary.

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