Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Sculpture on the Peninsula event goes live after cancellation
Alison Erickson’s sanctuary. Photo / Provided
The South Island’s largest outdoor sculpture event has been canceled due to the Omicron outbreak, but organizers have found a way to raise money for children in need.
The carving on the peninsula was due to take place this weekend, but Kiwis are now invited to tune in to view the works, which will also be available to purchase.
Event manager and curator Gill Hay said her team of volunteers were philosophical about the late cancellation, especially since it was to be the last event to be held.
“It’s like that, we did everything we could to organize this event, having already postponed it once, but we didn’t quite get there.
“What matters most to us now is that we honor the effort that sculptors have put into their works and that we offer as many people as possible the chance to view and purchase these special pieces and support the Cholmondeley Children’s Centre.”
Cholmondeley provides respite care for families in need and has been the sole recipient of all funds raised during the event’s 21-year history.
Over 200 works will be offered for sale online, by established and emerging New Zealand sculptors.
Gill Hay said online sales provide an exciting opportunity for art and sculpture enthusiasts across New Zealand.
“Usually only a few thousand people can experience this unique event. From Friday, however, our works are available to everyone, so we encourage New Zealanders to log on and donate generously in support of Cholmondeley.”
The art will be uploaded for sale online at www.sculpturenz.co.nz from 5 p.m. Friday.