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No 8 Wire competition winner announced

No 8 Wire competition winner announced


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06 April 2006
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No 1 in No 8

Votes have been tallied, the people have spoken, and this year they agree with the judges.

Terry Pluck from Cambridge is ‘stoked’ to carry off First Prize as well as the People’s Choice Award for the 2005 Fieldays No 8 Wire National Art Award.

His design, ‘No 8 Koru’ took about 30 hours to create and received almost a third of the 423 votes placed by museum visitors.

The award’s exhibition finished last week after being on display at the Te Awamutu Museum for ten weeks then going ‘on tour’ for the first time to Lake Taupo Museum for eight weeks.

Mr Pluck earned himself a total of $3,500 in cash prizes for the winning piece and he is already thinking about some ‘funky’ ideas for this year’s entry.

The ‘No 8 Koru’ piece will be on display at the NZ National Agricultural Fieldays, 14 – 17 June and organisers are encouraging people to start thinking about their entry for the 2006 competition in November.

Organisers are pleased to see that the award is taking off again.

“The popularity of this national art award is growing. This year we had so many exciting sculptures we could hardly fit them into the gallery. We were bursting at the seams with fantastic wire creations,” Marie Bowmar, collections officer for the Te Awamutu Museum said.

The Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award was launched in 1997 and was held at the Waikato Museum until 1999. The Te Awamutu Museum helped re-launch the competition in 2003. The award has evolved to be a major part of the museum’s exhibition calendar.

For further information about the Fieldays No 8 Wire National Art Award, check out www.fieldays.co.nz or contact the Fieldays office on 07 843 4499.

ENDS

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