Memorial service to pay tribute to sculptor Matthew Harding

By , 17/12/2018 16:21

Community to gather in memory of talented sculptor Matthew Harding Matthaw Harding with the William The Fourth bust he made for the replica ship. It took him six months to carve and paint the two metre high figurehead of the English king in 1987.
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Matthew Harding with his work Ship to Shore.

Ship to Shore by night.

Matthew Harding’s Honeysuckle Bollards.

TweetFacebookShip to Shore, the stainless steel rope-like knots that are illuminated at night and were inspired by Newcastle’s maritime history, died suddenly last month, aged 53.

A memorial service is planned at St Brigid’s Catholic Church, William Street, Raymond Terrace on Saturday, March 17 at 10am.

Harding, who was credited with creating more public artworks in Canberra than any other single artist and whose works can be found in public and private collections around the world,first qualified as a carpenter and joiner in Newcastle in the early 1980s.

In 1987, Harding, then a 22-year-old carpenter, carved the figurehead of King William IV for a replica of the first steamship built in . WilliamIV’sreplica was a $1.3 million Bicentennial project and the two-metre-high figurehead took Harding six months to carve and paint. At the time, Harding described himself as “just a young, struggling artist”.

Harding would later move to Canberra and graduate with first class-honours from the ANU School of Art in 1995.He spent much of his adult years in Canberra, but was most recently living with his family in Trentham,Victoria.

When his Honeysuckle sculpture, Ship to Shore, was unveiled in 2015, Harding told the Newcastle Herald he was “very proud” of his Newcastle heritage.

‘‘My great- and great-great-grandfathers were captains on the steamships in Newcastle Harbour and their original coastal and harbourmaster certificates still hang with pride and place in the family home at Raymond Terrace,’’ he said at the time.

In 1997, Harding was commissioned by Hunter Development Corporation to create the Honeysuckle Bollards.

A message on Harding’s official website noted that he took his own life on February 22, leaving behind hispartner and four young children.

The local community in Trenthamhave set up a GoFundMe page to support Harding’s family, atgofundme老域名出售/fund-for-freya.

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