Mac’s Sculpture Symposium 2005
Trafalgar Street closes on Friday (30 Sept) to make way for this year’s Mac’s Sculpture Symposium.
Coordinator Tim Wraight says the symposium, now in its tenth year as part of the Nelson Arts Festival, is set to be
bigger than before on several levels.
“We have expanded the site, we have some really large scale works, the timeframe is longer and the auction is going out
to the world via the internet,” he said. “The new time format includes a week long exhibition on site, so the public can
see the works finished and bid for them on line.”
The site will be set up on Friday, there will be a blessing on Saturday morning and the ten artists will swing into
action using materials that range from marble and jade, stainless steel, copper and macrocarpa logs, to animated objects
and woven rubber.
Takaka Hill sculptor Bruce Mitchell will be moving a huge piece of Takaka marble on site, while Nelsonain Deborah Walsh
is making giant soft toy tiki and a pig from materials that include old swandris and gumboots.
The symposium closes on October14th and is followed by a gala opening to a week-long exhibition, with on-line bidding
until Friday 21 October at 4pm. Wraight says this means rather than a one day sale, subject to weather problems and
confined to bidders on site at the time, the auction will be nationwide, promoted by Fishers Fine Arts and held live on
their website - www.fishersfinearts.com
Mac’s Sculpture Symposium is part of the Nelson Arts Festival, presented by the Nelson City Council, and held this year
in combination with Trafalgar 200, the commemoration of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Details on line at