Winner appreciated chance to get arty
Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award winner Terry Pluck (right) works with metal everyday, but appreciated the chance to ‘get arty’ again for the event.
The owner of Cambridge business Steel Originals won the $3000 first price with his work ‘No.8 Koru’. Second prize of $1,000, was awarded to Naomi Chase for ‘Winged Embrace’ and the $500 third prize went to Matthew van Bysterveldt for ‘No Time Like the Present’.
Mr Pluck and his team specialise in oneoff engineering jobs, taking pride in their ability to design and manufacture specialist pieces for clients. He says everyone in the team has an artistic bent, so being able to take part in No.8 Wire is a great outlet.
He competed in the past (his No.8 Jersey is currently on display in the Te Awamutu I- Site Centre) and says it is great that the competition has been successfully revived in Te Awamutu.
Mr Pluck was impressed with the calibre of entries and humbled to be announced winner. He and his partner Penny have just had their first child, Oscar, so he thinks he may spend some of the prizemoney on him.
Mr Pluck says No.8 Koru is also for sale by negotiation, with 25% of the price going to the Museum. He is now thinking of taking up the Fieldays’ challenge and entering AgArtWear.
This year’s judges were Waipa Mayor Alan Livingston, Fieldays Chairman Lloyd Downing and Te Awamutu Museum chairperson Dean Taylor. Seventeen of the 22 entries made it into the exhibition.
Museum senior curator Debra Kane said this is the third year the museum has hosted the awards in partnership with the NZ National Fieldays. For the first time in its history the exhibition will go on tour, spending eight weeks at the Taupo museum from mid-February.
“The popularity of this national art award is growing. This year we have so many exciting sculptures we can hardly fit them into the gallery. We are bursting at the seams with fantastic wire creations,” Ms Kane said.
At the end of the exhibition, a ‘People’s Choice’ $500 award will be announced. The exhibition runs until January 20. More information can be found on the museum’s www.tamuseum.org.nz website.