Contributor: Fuseworks Media
Thursday, 18 May, 2017 - 07:50

ImageTim Elliot with his work 999 eight-gauge seeds of inspiration, 31 scoops of sunshine.

Tim Elliot’s artwork is proving popular among the people of Hamilton. In two separate yet concurrent, nationally notified open competitions hosted in Hamilton, Tim has been rewarded with the winning entry in both by public endorsement.

Tim was judged winner for his concept for a Dame Hilda Ross Commemorative Statue commissioned by Hamilton’s TOTI Trust, and was voted "People’s Choice Winner" for his sculpture at the 2017 Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award.

Local group TOTI called nationally for artist concepts for the statue and after significant public consultation, Tim Elliot’s ‘Where health joins hands with happiness’ concept came up tops.

Tim is very happy to be winning national competitions that are voted for and by the people because his art aims "to provide content that appeals to everybody. It is my belief that art ought to be read as no more than something inherently beautiful, accessible to all, understood and appreciated by everyday people", says Elliot.

His No 8 Wire sculpture is entitled ‘999 eight-gauge seeds of inspiration, 31 scoops of sunshine’. The abstracted sunflower features 999 lengths of eight-gauge wire set out in the Fibonacci spirals exhibited by sunflower seeds. The seeds are mounted on the domed surface of a LED light, giving the sculpture a second purpose as a functional lamp. The petals of the sunflower are 31 ‘Kiwiscoops’, and the entire assembly is mounted on No.8 wire atop a cast iron wheel.

Tim’s statue concept entitled ‘Where health joins hands with happiness’ depicts Dame Hilda Ross playing the piano for children at the Port Waikato Children’s health camp. "Tim’s concept was a favourite throughout the public consultation period", says Mavora Hamilton from TOTI Trust "because of its contemporary feel bridging the past to the present. Tim designed a bronze piece that the public can interact with, and that has appeal for adults and children alike. Dame Hilda dedicated her life to improving the lives of others. For generations to come this statue will continue to give back to the community just as she did."

Dame Hilda (1883-1959) was a notable high-ranking politician but was always considered approachable. Tim’s concept cleverly portrays this important personable quality and other distinctive characteristics. Dame Hilda is shown to be enthusiastic, cheerful and bright.

"I am humbled by the overwhelming support the people of Hamilton have given in their endorsement of my bright and cheerful style of sculpture through two quite separate, and entirely differently themed, concurrent art competitions", says Tim Elliot.

TOTI are presently fundraising for the commemorative statue and are grateful to have recently received a grant from Trust Waikato. 

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