Motueka Arts Council Inc

Arrivals and Departures Sculpture

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In 2018 Motueka Arts Council is celebrating 30 years of community arts. Our dream is to mark the occasion with a unique celebratory sculpture that our community is proud to call their own.

"Arrivals and Departures" is a sculpture that acknowledges all the "Nga taenga mai me nga wehenga" in and out of our community, and the diversity of art endeavours, skills, and knowledge that has enriched Motueka's art culture over the years.

You can be part of it...

We invite all of you in the Motueka regional community and beyond, to be part of this celebration.

Motueka Arts Council has already raised a third of the funds needed for the sculpture, so we are well on the way. We need your help to raise another $15,000 which is a further 20% of the total cost to make it happen.

With your extra generous support ($20,000 worth!), we could start building the sculpture even sooner.

Learn more about the sculptureā€¦

A local artist Maeve Allen has been commissioned to design and create this community art work. Maeve has been creating art full time for approximately 15 years specialising in professional glass mosaics and large sculpture designs.

The sculpture will be sited on the Motueka beach foreshore near the wharf channel in the refurbished picnic park and cycle trail because from pre-European times water was our highway. As the tide comes and go so to do migratory shore birds, fish, and sea mammals, all very much part of our natural environment.

With the sea at our back door, rich alluvial plains with clear rivers, mountains as our back drop, and the fantastic climate, this region offers an amazing environment. Our moderate population quadruples every year over the spring to autumn months with visitors, travellers, and seasonal workers all drawn to this idyllic area.

This major sculpture depicting the modes of arrivals and departures of many diverse cultures is also a statement of our creative energies, where skills and arts are shared for the greater understanding among us all and general community wellbeing.

Motueka Arts council invite our local community, and friends from afar, to join with us to make this dream happen by giving whatever donation you can and become part of this Motueka Community Celebratory Sculpture.