World War 1 sculpture bound for Nelson

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Oamaru artist Don Paterson has a huge amount of pride in his latest creation, a sculpture depicting a World War 1 soldier that will become part of the Nelson landscape.
He has been commissioned by the Nelson Returned and Services Association to create the sculpture, which will stand in a location yet to be confirmed.
Mr Paterson was approached by the RSA after it heard about a similar commission he did for Fairlie, which also featured a trooper.
That particular work stands in the town centre, near the site of the former Fairlie railway station and was unveiled in 2014 to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War 1.
He said the sculpture bound for Nelson, to mark World War 1 centenary commemorations, was close to completion and was very similar.
“They asked me if I would be able to do a World War 1 soldier in the reversed arms position, so that’s the rifle pointing down on his feet and arms clasped over that, with his head bowed, standing at attention.”
The sculpture will be covered with antique copper which will act as the soldier’s skin, while his uniform will be made out of a calcite polymer.
Mr Paterson was pleased with his latest work, and felt the soldier had a presence about him.
“He demands a bit of respect, especially with the head bowed and that sort of thing.”
He said it was “slightly above average” in height.
While exactly where the sculpture will stand and when it will be unveiled have not been confirmed, Royal New Zealand Air Force territorial officer and New Zealand Defence Force bugler Mason Robinson, who has driven the project and is working closely with the RSA to see it through, said it was “awesome”
to be part of the project.
He said he was “very passionate” about recognising New Zealand’s servicemen and women.
Mr Paterson will deliver and install the sculpture.