New spin on ancient materials

Austrian sculptor Willibald Katteneder will be the special guest artist at this month’s Mangawhai Sculpture in the Garden.

Willi works in natural materials, using traditional techniques. His sculptures are land-sited, and on closer inspection reveal unexpected elements which comment on humankind and nature.

An organiser, Bridget Mintoff, says the works create an exciting and thought-provoking contrast between the social and environmental aspects.

More than 30 sculptors will exhibit works – some tiny, some huge. These will sit in trees, balance on poles, and lurk in the shrubbery, all at 69 Moir St, Mangawhai village.

Brian and Isobel Hollis have generously donated the use of their beautiful and expansive garden for the show.

Works are for sale and the proceeds will be shared between the Te Whai Community Trust and Mangawhai Artists. Te Whai acts as a first point of contact to help people access the social services they need, while Mangawhai Artists is a group which actively supports local artists, from beginners to professionals.

The exhibition will be held on February 15 and 16, from 9am to 5pm. Entry starts at $5.

Live music will be provided by local group Raw Jam. People are asked to leave their dogs at home, for the comfort of the resident animals.