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‘Mausterpiece’ up for auction

The artwork, titled Maus. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED

A unique “Mausterpiece” that was erected by stealth on Carterton’s clock tower is now up for auction.

The artwork, titled Maus, measures 1.9m by 1.75m, on heavy-duty canvas, with eyelets on top hem, using gloss paint, spray paint, and varnish.

It has proved its durability, hanging for three months in Carterton’s High St, through the highly changeable Wairarapa spring weather.

Maus’ creator, Wairarapa painter and graphic artist Martin Doyle, said there is an exciting “tail” behind the drawing.

It was inspired by a conversation with another resident about the old rhyme “Hickory Dickory Dock”.

Carterton Mayor Greg Lang, left, and artist Martin Doyle at Carterton Clock Tower.

Doyle said he and a group of like-minded artists hitched the canvas to the clock tower’s southern end late one September Sunday night, just after the latest covid-19 lockdown.

“We’re people in our 50s, 60s, and 70s. It was a dark, cold, and windy night. And we were all sworn to secrecy.”

Doyle, a long-term Carterton resident, said there was not enough originality and expression in art. The painting was an example of “glorious excitement” at a time when people had “got together to make something happen during a crisis”.

“We are going through a stressful time. You can either get morbidly despondent, or you can have a little fun, and create links with other people. It represents a brave statement.”

He said the rodent’s idiosyncrasies made the painting stand out more.

“No one notices a tidy painting. This has a hint of audacity and flamboyance about it.”

Carterton Mayor Greg Lang said the installation added even more character to the town’s central business district.

Vibrant Library Square, High St and Holloway Rd’s unique murals, vivid stand-up pianos, and the red chairs in Carrington Park also add bright splashes across town.

The auction is open now until December 14.

  • Visit Trade Me to bid or get more information [https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/marketplace/art/nz-artists/listing/3378477453?bof=vM3jRye3].

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