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