The two-week long stone carving symposium in Oamaru concluded with a silent auction yesterday.
Everyone we spoke to commented on the quality of the sculptures, most of which went for bargain prices.
Joy Harvey’s Wind Song, an Aeolian Harp in Oamaru Stone went for $4000, the highest price paid.
The top bid for Ruth Killoran’s Aegis (Protection) was just $2100. ( I’m not sure if that reached its reserve).
Allen Harnett won the popular vote with Koru which sold for $1750.
Harnett’s Silver Fern went for $2000.
Many other works, including Trinity, which is in the background of the photo above, sold for only a few hundred dollars.
The stone was supplied by Parkside Quarry which sponsors the symposium and several artists said how impressed they were with its quality.
Gary Kircher has some more photos at Waitaki Blog.