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The John Grigg Memorial.

We are informed that the statue and base now being erected in Christchurch as a memorial to the late John Grigg is sufficiently advanced to enable a judgment to be formed as to its artistic success. Oar readers will remember that a sketch model of the whole memorial was prepared by Mr Charles Kidson, sculptor, from the design of. Mr S.Hurst Seager, A.U.1.8.A., architect; it was approved by the Committee, and a contract was entered into with Mr Kidson and Messrs Graham and Greig for the Bupply and erection of the whole. The Port Chalmers stone step 3 and the Sydney stone base are now completed. The symbolic figure 3of the virtues fortitude prudence, industry, and justice, carved at the angles are reported to be exceptionally •weir done, and a number of people who have seen them consider that they show that the Committee was justified in placing the work in the hands of a young New Zealand sculptor. Of the three panels representing agricultural pursuits to be placed in the base, that representing sheep shearing haß been modelled, and is considered an exceedingly artistic and lifelike composition. All the details are executed with great care, as the result of careful study by Mr Kidson in the shearing sheds. The model for the statue of Mr Grigg is completed in plaster, and shows a very easy and characteristic pose. Mr Grigg is represented standing among swamp foliage, with hia right foot resting on an agricultural pipe indicating the great ■work of draining the Longbeach Bwamp, with which his name will always be associated, The large block of Sydney Fandstone from which the statue will be carvei is in the mason's yard, and is being roughed out to the general form of the figure. The block is Bft high x 3ft x2ft 6in, and is a flawless specimen of the beautiful stone for which Sydnwy is noted. Those who have seen the sketch model and the progress that has been made consider that we may look forward confident!/ to seeing erected in our town a memorial in every way appropriate and worthy of the man who did so much in this district as a pioneer in agriculture, and a memorial, moreover, which they feel sure will compare most favourably with any yet erected in New Zealand. It may be mentioned that £250 is efcill required to complete the amount of the cost.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6616, 8 July 1905

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The John Grigg Memorial. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6616, 8 July 1905