Surf sculpture’s up

'A wonderful tribute to generations of surfers'.

'A wonderful tribute to generations of surfers'.

Trustee Kay Crosby is pictured here, left, with Gail Patty, one of Gisborne’s veteran surfers, who mooted the idea of a surfing sculpture, trustee Margot Searle and artist Paulus McKinnon. Picture by Paul Rickard

Gisborne’s Art in Public Places trustees are delighted to see a long-awaited surfing sculpture in place at the end of Roberts Road.

Trustee Kay Crosby said it was put in place yesterday.

The concept was first put to the Gisborne District Council in August 2016.

“It is a wonderful tribute to the generations of surfers who started here (Roberts Road) and now their grandchildren are learning here,” said Mrs Crosby.

“We are delighted with how it looks and that it doesn’t dominate the landscape. We have had good comments from the neighbours too,” she said.

The $75,000 sculpture is being funded by the trust with the council covering the cost of installation and a storyboard.

Gisborne’s Art in Public Places trustees are delighted to see a long-awaited surfing sculpture in place at the end of Roberts Road.

Trustee Kay Crosby said it was put in place yesterday.

The concept was first put to the Gisborne District Council in August 2016.

“It is a wonderful tribute to the generations of surfers who started here (Roberts Road) and now their grandchildren are learning here,” said Mrs Crosby.

“We are delighted with how it looks and that it doesn’t dominate the landscape. We have had good comments from the neighbours too,” she said.

The $75,000 sculpture is being funded by the trust with the council covering the cost of installation and a storyboard.

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Michelle - 2 months ago
Are you seriously telling me that sculpture was worth $75,000?! Omgosh, what a terrible waste of money . . .

Vicki - 2 months ago
$75k - really? That's OTT

Ryan Ragget - 2 months ago
I love the surf sculpture and also love to see funding that was pre-allocated for exactly this sort of work going to a local artist instead of some talented tourist.
Our arts community has traditionally been terribly underfunded (and usually work for food stamps), so I'll join with them in celebrating this small win: Go the artists!
But like all art, it's totally subjective - you hate it, I love it . . . I'm OK with that, but as a local surfer I love the meaning of the piece and the legendary people this work represents.
I wonder how much Napier spent on their waterfront sculptures? Try buying a custom-made contemporary art sculpture in NY or Paris . . . $75k's a bargain for some people's work.
I just wish we could value our people in the same way, and focus on their positive contribution to our community. The money was donated for this exact purpose, so it's not really a mis-spend or a waste!

Jan Davidson, Melbourne - 2 months ago
How wonderful to see this beautiful sculpture at Roberts Rd, representing our surfing culture and history that stretches many generations in Gisborne.
This sculpture will be there for many more generations, long after we've gone.
Priceless!

Personally Roberts Rd represents to me great, happy memories of long hot summers spent here with all my friends, surfing, swimming and sitting around bonfires watching the sunset in the distance.

Well done to those who have inspired and donated to this!
I salute you!

Yvonne, Whakatane - 2 months ago
I know art when I see it. You have been ripped off. A surf school would have been far better, and some surfboards given to kids who will never get the chance to ever learn the art and sport of surfing. A plaque could have been erected in the place of that steel thing. I'm sure some brilliant words could have been written by some veteran surfers to inspire the young ones. Invest in our youth. Opportunity lost.

Don Pearson - 2 months ago
Awesome! A great tribute to at least three generations of Gisborne surfers, many of whom first learned to surf at this very location.
I agree Ryan - well put. And yes, yes, yes, Yvonne. Veteran surfers ARE also writing a story board for the young ones to be inspired. Gisborne DOES have many surf schools AND a very active Boardriders Club which has a huge container full of donated boards and wetsuits beside the Midway SLSC which were donated so that disadvantaged children and young people, as well as special needs children, can experience surfing firsthand. Some of us take these youth for surfing lessons during the school holidays - would you like to join us Yvonne? (Or an opportunity lost perhaps...?)

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