Sculpture a blend of mill's past and biking future

Wednesday 25 May 2022

When Waipa's old sawmill was demolished three years ago, one of the workers spotted an old horizontal bandsaw among the scrap metal. "That looks like a bike," he reckoned.

Now that old machinery that was part of decades of iconic Rotorua history has been made into a sculpture that will become a landmark at the entrance to Rotorua's Waipa Mountain Bike Park.

The sculpture was built and fully funded by Red Stag Timber, which maintains the grounds around the popular park.

The 16-tonne sculpture has officially been blessed this week and is already catching the eye of locals and visitors.

Red Stag Timber general manager Tim Rigter said it was made from recycled sawmill machinery taken from the original 1930s mill. The new super mill was opened in 2017 and the former sawmill was demolished in 2019.

Rigter said he wanted the sculpture to celebrate the progress of change at Waipa since the mill's introduction in 1939, to process timber from exotic forest, to now, including the new mill and the iconic mountain biking centre.

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Source: NZ Herald
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