Statue of McCaw `special for Kurow’

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A legend will soon become a statue.
Kurow, the spiritual home of All Black great Richie McCaw, is to celebrate its link to the retired captain with a statue in the town.
The Kurow Museum Committee has engaged a sculptor and is busy planning the navigation of the resource consent process to construct and install a statue in the town where McCaw played his first rugby.
Oamaru artist Don Paterson will create the work.
It has not yet been decided what the statue will be created from, but the options have been narrowed down to either bronze or a copper and polymer mix.
Mr Paterson believes the statue should be bronze, but said that would be costly for the service town.
The cost of the statue is expected to fall between $46,000 and $96,000.
Mr Paterson said it was a “huge honour” to be asked to capture McCaw’s image and essence for Kurow.
“I’m just a typical Kiwi bloke and in awe of those guys and he’s one of the best players of all time,” he told the Oamaru Mail.
He described being awarded the brief as a career highlight.
Committee chairman John Sturgeon said the statue was approved by the McCaw family.
“We wrote to the family and have their consent, including Richie’s,” Mr Sturgeon said.
“We’re very delighted about that. It’s going to be something really special for Kurow.”
McCaw grew up on a farm in the Hakataramea Valley and went to school in Kurow and played junior rugby for the Kurow club.
Mr Sturgeon said the committee “was on top of the world about this”.
Discussions were still taking place as to where the statue would be installed, he said.
“We will be putting it in a very public space so people will have every chance to admire it.”
He believed the sculpture would take three to four months to create.
Anyone interested in donating to the McCaw statue fund can email johnrsturgeon@gmail.com.