Posted by: sabrina | February 22, 2010

Waikato’s warrior plans abandoned

DOMINION POST: After all New Zealand won’t be having a giant bronze statue as symbol of international significance…

Waikato Warrior: No longer in line with international icons (pic: STUFF)

Plans to build a 8m bronze sculpture of a Maori warrior as a landmark of similar significance as the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower, have been abandoned, Stuff reports.

The controversial design had caused hefty debates since plans were revealed in October last year.

Wellington sculptor Denis Hall says he was dissappointed by Waikato District Council‘s decision not to support the design to be set up in Ngaruawahia.  

He went to China last year to search for a bronze foundry capable of of casting the statue.

“I poured so much time and energy into this project and all I got was a one sentence email from the council saying “the warrior icon does not have the support of the community, and so wer are unable to progress at this time”.”

Council spokesperson Narelle Watts said the community’s feedback made clear there was no support for the design.

– read the whole story here

– view a related blogpost here

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