Sculpture donated

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From left, Ashburton Art Gallery collection and exhibition assistant Hannah Crichton, Jo Evans and Trott's Community Garden Charitable Trust's Tony Todd with the gifted sculpture called Heartfelt.

The perfect spot has been found at Trott’s Garden for a donated stone sculpture called Heartfelt.

The Oamaru stone work has been gifted by Ashburton woman Jo Evans and was delivered last week.

It sits in a tranquil area off the impressive long perennial garden and is flanked by tall and shaped hedging.

The area features a seat and offers a spot to relax, contemplate life and enjoy the outdoors.

The sculpture was purchased by Mrs Evans at the first Ashburton Stone Sculpture Symposium in 2014.

It has been carved by Rosie Gill with assistance by Ian Ford.

Mrs Evans recently moved house and decided she wanted more people to be able to enjoy the artwork.

She approached the Ashburton Art Gallery, which in turn suggested Trott’s Garden as the perfect spot for its permanent relocation.

Mrs Evans said she had watched the sculpture take shape when being crafted at the stone symposium.

She had bid for it at auction because she liked its form and shape and admired the skill of the artists who had made it.

“I’ve enjoyed looking at it over the years, but now is the right time to share it with others.

“I will miss it, but I can easily pop along to the gardens to admire it.”

Trott’s Community Garden Charitable Trust chairman Tony Todd said the trust was grateful for the sculpture donation.

It was a generous gesture and a fantastic spot had been found for it in the centre of the gardens.

Mr Todd said the sculpture would be admired and enjoyed by visitors for years to come.

An information plaque will be added in the coming weeks.

-By Mick Jensen