KTAB Sculpture Park

The Keep Te Awamutu Beautiful Society with the help of volunteers has created this area, originally a waste area left after the development of the bypass. The Waipa District Council gave the land to KTAB and they continue to develop the area for a five year period, thereafter it will be handed back to the Waipa District Council. The park is planned to appeal to a wide spectrum of the community with a range of sculptural styles displayed. The plants have been planted for two years and donated by the community, the wall was hand built by volunteers. KTAB launched the "Bridges 2000" project in conjunction with the opening of Albert Park Drive. The Bridges 2000 refers to the bridging of generations, cultures and the millennium, as well as the obvious reference to the nearby river and bridge. Sculptures: The first piece installed, "The Gate", by local artist Richard Page is a good example of bridging the generations. The sculpture is male on one side of the square column tapering, much like the basis shape of a man. The other side is female, more curvaceous. The more organic feel of the female form represents the life giving qualities of women. The space between the two forms represents the child. The space only permits access through for a small child as if to say that the new millennium is for this generation of young people. It is made of basalt (dark volcanic rock). The second sculpture, "The Nurturing", created by Fred Graham who created the birds in the Rose Gardens Fountain uses birds as the basis for his work. Etched from Portuguese stone a mother with two chicks. The work was funded by Rural Women New Zealand to mark their name change from Women's Division of Federated Farmers. Another sculpture "Controversial" explains itself, a 'Talking Point'.