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.
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.