Designs on Hyde
Palmerston North sculptor Paul Dibble is the winner of an NZ government sponsored competition to design a $3 million war memorial in London’s Hyde Park. Dibble’s design – developed in association with Athfield Architects of Wellington – consists of 16 bronze plinths engraved with text and images, which form the shape of a crucifix when viewed from above. “The design is a fitting memorial to the more than 250,000 NZers who served in the wars of the last century,” said PM Helen Clark in the NZ Herald. “It evokes and reflects the courage, determination and loyalty of New Zealanders who served in and supported the war effort, as well as the accompanying grief, loss and suffering which NZ experienced.” The sculpture is due to be completed by the end of the year.