Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Bronze War Horses

Many heroic horses were destroyed after the famous Beersheba cavalry charge on 31 October 1917, their purpose in war now over. 
These limited-edition bronze maquettes can help us remember the sacrifice of those noble animals. 

Friday, 27 October 2017

NZ War Horses Fundraiser

One of the limited-edition 'Hamilton Warhorse' maquette 

Several limited-edition bronze maquettes of both 'Hamilton Warhorse' and Leaping Horse' will be available following the unveiling of a commemorative bronze war-horse statue that will stand large at Hamilton Memorial Park. 

Former Army artist Matt Gauldie has created this striking bronze, which will be unveiled this Armistice Day, 11 November. "Working on the Hamilton War Horse has been tremendous," said Gauldie. It has been great to see the pride and enthusiasm Hamiltonians have for their own public art and Waikato WW1 history." 

Noeline Jeffries, president of the War Horse Board, told guests at a special preview recently that the horse had been given the name Gunner. 

A percentage of proceeds from the maquettes will go towards fundraising for Waikato Equestrian Centre, and also towards the installation of a NZ War Horse statue at the International War Animals Memorial Garden, at Pozieres in northern France. These collectable maquettes are priced at $3500 each, including GST. Lay-buy options are also available.

Gauldie has produced several prominent WW1 commemorative bronzes sited in public spaces around New Zealand. These include 'Ataturk Turkish Monument' at Pukeahu National War Memorial in Wellington. Another public bronze, this one titled 'Line of Fire' and of Gallipoli artist Sapper Moore-Jones, is located in central Hamilton. 

Gauldie's sculptures and paintings are in numerous public and private collections throughout the country. He has achieved widespread recognition both as an accomplished sculptor and a painter, portraying the past and present in big and bold works with precision in detail. "It's a tremendous honour to be able to continue to serve my country with art, whether in bronzes or on canvas," he said. "It is something I'm very proud of."

Inquiries for the maquettes can be made here.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

War Horse Memorial Sculpture Welcomed to Waikato

A big bronze war-horse statue, set to become a national monument, has been welcomed to the Waikato prior to its official unveiling on Armistice Day, 11 November 2017.

The memorial work created by Otaki artist Matt Gauldie is a tribute to the thousands of horses and troopers of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles who served in the First World War, and earlier.
Noeline Jeffries, president of the War Horse Board, told guests at the special preview last week that the horse had been given the name Gunner. 
Once installed the statue will be given to the people of Hamilton. See full story: War Horse statue welcomed to the Waikato

Horses in War Commemorated in Hamilton

The role of horses in war will finally be commemorated with a large bronze sculpture at Hamilton, officially unveiled on Armistice Day, 11 November. 

A whopping 10,000 horses were sent by New Zealand to the First World War and 8,000 to the South African War. Of those horses, just one returned from South Africa in 1902 and only four at the end of the First World War in 1918. 

Hear Matt Gauldie talk with RNZ about what it was like to create this very special memorial work: Horses' role in WWI commemorated in Hamilton

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

SS Otaki

Next month marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Otaki, a defining moment in the history of Matt's local community.   

Matt has been involved in the commemorations, creating a spectacular bronze work of the ship which will be opened by Governor General Patsy Reddy on March 10th, 2017. 

The ceremony will mark 100 years to the day since the merchant ship SS Otaki (named after the Otaki River) went down in the Atlantic during a battle with German cruiser SMS Moewe in 1917. 

The commemorations will be quite an event with representatives from the British High Commission, the German embassy, and the Royal New Zealand Navy all in attendance. 

The process of creating a detailed bronze is arduous and complicated, but along the way Matt has managed to take a few pictures. The final work will remain under wraps until it is revealed to the public. 

A lot of plasticine goes into a bronze work. 

While the below may not look like much, the casting process is where the piece starts to come to life.

 Detail of waxwork badges.

Bronze work isn't fast work!

Wait until she's polished up! 

If you are in the Kapiti region on March 10th and would like to see the finished product be sure to stop by Otaki College and take part in the centenary celebrations.