The people have voted!


7/03/2019 10:00:00 a.m.

7 March 2019

Susan Dinkelacker’s sculpture Geyser has been voted the People’s Choice winner for the 2018 Rotorua Sculpture Symposium, beating out 15 other entrants.

Susan’s artwork likens geysers to “an exuberant young woman: playful and unpredictable.  She radiates pleasure in leaping free, for just a moment, from the turbulent waters deep within the earth”.

“It was such a surprise and it means a great deal to me. I create pieces to have a positive response on people so this award validates that. I am delighted,” says Mrs Dinkelacker.

Based near Whangarei, Susan Dinkelacker is a wood carver from a family of woodworkers who developed her carving style and skills between helicopter flights. Her ‘day job’ for the last few decades has been as a career helicopter pilot, racking up over 10,000 flying hours all over the world. Specialising in 3D sculptures, usually in wood, Susan strives to reveal the intriguing inner character of whatever she carves - be they birds, creatures or the human form.

Geyser was created during 10 days of carving at the symposium last November relating to the theme Ngā Wai o Rotorua (the waters of Rotorua). Following the symposium all 16 new artworks joined winners and judges selection from previous symposia to form the updated Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail in Government Gardens and Sulphur Point. 

The public voted throughout the summer for their favourite, seeing Geyser selected as People’s Choice winner, with Dinkelacker receiving a $500 Bunnings voucher.

The sculpture trail will remain in place until the next biennial Symposium in late 2020 and includes the Supreme Award sculpture, as awarded by symposium judges, created by Rory McDougall (Hokitika) and entitled Waters of Rotorua. This award winning piece depicts a map of the Rotorua region, representing the 13 main bodies of water alongside rivers and hills.

Image credit: Susan Dinkelacker. Geyser, 2018. People’s Choice winner of 2018 Rotorua Sculpture Symposium. Photograph by Jim McKinley

Image credit: Susan Dinkelacker carving Geyser, 2018. 2018 Rotorua Sculpture Symposium. Photograph by Jim McKinley

Image credit: Rory McDougall. Waters of Rotorua, 2018. Supreme winner of the 2018 Rotorua Sculpture Symposium. Photograph by Jim McKinley

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