Christchurch sculptor wins Japanese competition
4 March 2003
Christchurch sculptor Doug Neil has won the sixth Kurashiki Open Sculpture
Competition and Exhibition.
Calling from Japan last Friday, he
told Christchurch City Council International Relations Co-ordinator
Barbara August that he was
absolutely delighted with the win, which includes about NZ $100,000
in prize money.
Doug returned to Christchurch yesterday.
Doug’s sculpture, which included
16 tonnes of granite and columns more than five metres high will
be on permanent display in our Japanese
sister city, Kurashiki.
This was the first time Christchurch sculptors had been invited
to participate in the event.
To enter the competition, artists were
asked to make a model of their proposed sculpture. From the models,
five finalists were
chosen and given about NZ $40,000 to produce their full sized
sculptures and transport
them to Japan.
Doug united three of Christchurch’s six sister
cities ( Seattle,
Adelaide and Kurashiki) in this project. Doug was born in Seattle, sourced
the stone for the sculpture from Adelaide, brought it to Christchurch to
be carved, then shipped it to Kurashiki for the competition.
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