Dunedin artist chosen

A Dunedin artist has been commissioned to create a sculpture to honour a Wellington philanthropist.

A design by Dunedin School of Art senior sculpture lecturer Scott Eady was selected to commemorate businessman and benefactor Thomas George Macarthy and mark the centenary of the trust he established.

The T. G. Macarthy Trust and Wellington Sculpture Trust project will be installed in lower Cuba St.

The 7m-tall blue Corinthian pedestal design, The Philanthropist's Stone, would support a gold-plated nugget, Mr Eady said yesterday.

Candle lights would illuminate the sculpture and surroundings at night.

''We liked Scott Eady's mix of modern and old to provide a light celebratory and commemorative approach,'' Wellington Sculpture Trust chairwoman Sue Elliott said.

T. G. Macarthy Trust chief executive Graeme Hanson said it was hoped to unveil The Philanthropist's Stone in 2015.

Mr Eady was the University of Otago 2002 Frances Hodgkins Fellow and his work was exhibited at the Venice Biennale this year.

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