Artist Nicola Jackson (left) and donor Megan Griffiths at
the unveiling of As Music to Attending Ears in the Dunedin
Public Hospital yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A man of words has left a colourful visual legacy to
A painting donated to the Dunedin Public Hospital collection
yesterday, As Music to Attending Ears, combined the
late writer George Griffiths' love of art and music.
''I wanted it to go somewhere the people of Dunedin could
enjoy it,'' Mr Griffiths' daughter, Megan Griffiths, said at
the unveiling yesterday.
''It was too big to move it to my new home and I couldn't
bring myself to sell it. Although, I did have a few offers to
Mr Griffiths died on January 29, aged 80, after a long career
as a publisher, journalist and historian.
''I feel very proud and very happy to see it here. I was
absolutely stunned by it when I walked into the hospital
foyer and saw it. It is for the people of Dunedin. There are
so many Dunedin icons in it,'' Ms Griffiths said.
''I lived with it for several years and I was always seeing
new things in it. I like how it's been hung down low, so kids
can see it.''
The painting was completed between 2002 and 2003 by Dunedin
artist Nicola Jackson.
''George commissioned the work and gave it the title,''
Jackson said yesterday.
''It would be the biggest painting I've done.''
Mr Griffiths worked for the Evening Star and Otago
Daily Times from 1962 until his retirement in 1991.