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.