From 16 November to 25 November 2018, eighteen talented sculptors have been chosen to take part in the 2018 Rotorua Sculpture Symposium.
While the majority of carvers are from New Zealand this year’s finalists also include Thomas Luescher from Switzerland and three Iranian artists. Picked from more than twenty-five entries, the finalists will spend ten days carving and sculpting pieces relating to this year’s symposium theme Ngā Wai o Rotorua – The Waters of Rotorua. The winning piece will become a permanent part of Rotorua’s public art collection with the winning artist receiving $10,000. The remaining artworks will be placed in the Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail for people to enjoy for years to come.