Ascension - the final
Thanks to the generous support of Trust House Masterton, Lands
Trust Masterton, and many within the Wairarapa community, we have
already secured 90% of the funds needed to bring Ascension to
Masterton. It has also received the approval of Masterton District
Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency to be sited and built
at the northern entrance to Masterton.
We are aiming to raise a further $14,000 to complete the
fundraising journey of this ambitious and exciting project. For as
little as the cost of a cup of coffee, you can be part of the story
of realising Ascension for Masterton. These additional funds will
get us over the line, and secure Ascension for the community.
Join us on our journey to reach our goal and spread the word
about Ascension by sharing the link to this page with your
Ascension is the creation of internationally acclaimed sculptor
Neil Dawson. The artwork is a ten metre high double helix
sculpture, suspended five metres above the ground. It is ambitious
and daring, appearring to defy gravity as it hovers above the
northern entrance to Masterton. Ascension will take pride of place
in the middle of the round-about at the northern entrance to
Masterton and create an unforgettable physical and visual focus for
residents and visitors alike.
Neil Dawson is one of New Zealand's most eminent sculptors and
public artists. He received a Laureate Award from the New Zealand
Arts Foundation in 2003 and was made a Companion of the New Zealand
Order of Merit in 2004. Many people will be familiar with his New
Zealand works Chalice in Cathedral Square, Christchurch, and Ferns
in Wellington's Civic Square.
Neil has a strong personal connection with Masterton, having
been schooled at Masterton Primary for five years before becoming a
founding student at Masterton Intermediate. His father was the
Methodist minister at the Wesley Church at that time.
Hear Neil talk about Asension and the process of conceiving work
on this scale in a recent audio interview, click here.
What is the Art for
The aim of the Art for Our Valley is to bring beautiful public
works of art to the Wairarapa. Ascension will be the second
significant piece of public art work to be commissioned by the
Aratoi Foundation. Windgrass by Konstantin Dimopoulos, was
installed in Featherston in 2012. This project is part of the
Foundation's vision to install sculpture in each of the region's
Donations from generous individuals, businesses and
organisations make an invaluable contribution to realising
Ascension for Masterton. We are extremely grateful for your