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Mayor launches art trail

Thinking Man, on the island in the Lake of Remembrance is on the digital art trail. PHOTO/FILE

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Masterton has modern art and sculpture all over the CBD and to get more people to notice it Mayor Lyn Patterson has launched an online trail and competition.

The trail includes 10 sculptures and statues, 10 murals and paintings, and three art installations.

The online map shows the location of some pieces of public art along with photographs and information about each one.

Paul Dibble’s ‘Garden of Delights’ is also featured. PHOTO/KAREN COLTMAN

Sculptor Paul Dibble has his ‘Garden of Delights’ included in the trail. It is located on the corner of Queen and Smith sts. It is part of a series of seated figures Dibble began in 1998. The woman has her arm outstretched holding an apple.

Patterson said the launch of the trail couldn’t have come at a better time.

“Now that we’re at Level 2, I know a lot of us are keen to get out for a stroll and reconnect with our community,” she said.

“Many of the art pieces will be familiar to locals, but don’t be surprised if you come across a piece of art you didn’t know was there or don’t know much about.

“In the future we’ll look to use similar forms of digital maps to share our other great assets, like our parks and reserves, and recreation trails.”

Some of the art on the trail is: the Ascension on the State Highway 2 roundabout at the north end of town, Thinking Man, on the island in the Lake of Remembrance and town square paving.

This month trail users can go into a draw to win a 10-trip ticket for the Trust House Recreation Centre pools.

Competition entrants need to upload a photo of themselves with an artwork included in the trail to the council website.

They can also send it by Facebook or by tagging @mymasterton on Instagram. Entries close on May 31.

The council is looking to generate similar digital maps for parks, reserves and recreation trails.

The map can be accessed at: mstn.govt.nz/art


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