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Artist gifts collection to people of Waitakere

Artist gifts collection to people of Waitakere.

Peter Sauerbier, one of New Zealand’s leading artists, has left a gift valued at over one million dollars to people of Waitakere.

Generally acknowledged as the country’s top sculptor using everyday items to build his creations, Mr Sauerbier has donated a large collection of his works to the city.

The works are typically crafted from recycled materials, epitomising Waitakere’s outlook on environmental sustainability.

Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey says the city is honoured by Sauerbier’s bequest and will be culturally enriched by having his collection on permanent public display.

“He has created a world of magic, humour and extraordinary craftsmanship, that has a very widespread appeal, everybody loves the quirky creations of his fantasy and imagination and yet the engineering that goes into them is equally admired, he says.

“But while these are fantasy works and made from recycled materials they are true sculpture of the very finest quality.

“Peter Sauerbier is one of Waitakere City’s treasures. There is no question that he is outstanding in his field in New Zealand and would be recognised in any company world-wide. This is an extremely generous and valuable gift,” says Mayor Harvey.

“A huge body of work has been produced over the past 40 years in his humble workshop in Massey and Waitakere is truly privileged to have had yet another world class artist working within its boundaries,” he says.

The collection will eventually be placed on permanent display at the Corban’s Estate Art centre.

Mayor Harvey will acknowledge Sauerbier’s donation to Waitakere at West Harbour Gardens private hospital - 315 Hobsonville Road, West Harbour at 12.30 on Monday, 24 July.

Mayor Harvey will also receive an official ceremonial key designed by Sauerbier for the council’s new building at 6 Henderson Valley Road.

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