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No.8 wire tiki takes out Fieldays No.8 award

A Whanganui design student's recycled No.8 wire sculpture has won the big prize in the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award.

Max Deutschle’s 3D creation The Hollow Tiki was awarded the $4000 prize on June 7.

Auckland artist Donna Sarten was placed second for Price of Milk and received $1500 in prize money and Asaki Kajima of Napier was placed third for Circulation and received $1000.

The Hollow Tiki - Max Deutschle Price of Milk - Donna Sarten Circulation - Asaki Kajima


Judge Jeff Thomson was impressed with the rugged yet precise construction of Deutschle’s entry, which features twisted wire joins.

“I had a gut reaction when I first viewed this entry and that feeling never went away. It’s a very linear piece. It appears as a line drawing in space yet it retains all the qualities of rusted old No.8 wire used on the farm with its twists and bends,” he said.

Thomson, a full time sculptor since 1985, describes No.8 wire as the first cousin of corrugated iron.

The finalists' work will be exhibited at ArtPost until July 16.