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Ascension’s homecoming

The sculpture was crafted in Christchurch by Neil Dawson. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

By Chelsea Boyle

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Breaking ground on Neil Dawson’s long-awaited and controversial Ascension sculpture could be right around the corner.

The 10-metre high double helix, which has split Masterton residents into two camps over the price tag, has now arrived in Masterton.

The team working behind the scenes expect the vision to spring to life above the town’s northern roundabout in July.

The renowned sculptor, who is a former Masterton resident, created the piece in Christchurch.

Aratoi Foundation chairman Bob Francis said the sculpture looked amazing.

“It’s been beautifully crafted and designed,” he said.

“It is going to be very special.

“I am certain it is going to add a whole new dimension to the approach to Masterton.

“It’s something we will all be very proud of once it’s up there.”

Originally it was hoped the sculpture would be installed in mid-2016, and then just before last Christmas, but after costs blew up to $320,000 the finish line edged further into 2017.

“I have been involved in a lot of projects, getting this over the line has taken a fair bit of effort”, Mr Francis said.

“It’s been hard work but we have a very committed little group that have worked on this.”

The group has told contractors to get ready for installation.

They will have a small fundraiser in July to top up the last of the funding needed on the project.


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