Benefactor gifts ‘Mountains to the Sea’ sculpture to Wanganui people - 14/10/2011
“A generous benefactor has ensured the purchase of the ‘Mountains to Sea’ sculpture and its continuing presence on the Whanganui Riverbank,” said Mayor Annette Main today.
The ‘Mountains to the Sea’ sculpture was a finalist in the inaugural Sculpture Wanganui competition and since then funds have been sought to purchase the piece of public art.
When Mr. Jim Gordon, a Wanganui man who has recently returned to the district from Australia, heard that funding was needed he contacted the Mayor’s Office and made the offer to purchase the sculpture.
“Mr. Gordon is a very generous man. He wishes to gift this public art to the people of Wanganui, for family reasons, in recognition of the work of the Whanganui Maori Wardens. A special riverbank ceremony will be held in mid-November, to formally recognise his generosity.”
Council Arts spokesperson, Cr Nicki Higgie, says “Wanganui has a history of private benefactors and we are fortunate to have such people among us, whose gifts greatly benefit our communities
“I am delighted that it is Mr. Gordon’s wish that the sculpture remains in its current location on the banks of the Whanganui River because the work and its location have considerable relevance to our district.
“The ‘Mountains to the Sea’ is another wonderful addition to our growing collection of public art along the riverside and will be enjoyed by visitors and residents for many years to come.”