Be careful of your chain saw!
Materials: Pine (tanalised), metal chainsaw blade and support, rubber, leather. Set on large concrete plinth.
Artists: Peter Dooley and Joe Wilkinson
Definition of Name:
Pine -“Any of various evergreen trees of the genus Pinus, having fascicles of needle-shaped leaves and producing woody, seed-bearing cones.”
Man – “An adult male person”
Interpretation of Definition:
Tokoroa has a strong forestry community and workforce, this carving depicts a ‘Pine Man’. A man who works in the pine forests throughout his day.
Meaning of the Sculpture/Carving:
Tokoroa is a ‘Timber Town’, with the main economy coming from forestry. Forestry remains the primary industry for Tokoroa.
This carving symbolizes the many jobs that forests provide for the people of the district, and how many men see themselves as ‘pine men’ men due to generations of families having worked in the forestry sector. Many of the workers from the timber plant Kinleith live in Tokoroa.
People working in the timber industry are hardworking and strong individuals and this carving hopes to serve as appreciation for their hard work over the many years of working in the timber industry. Due to the recent increases in dairy prices much of the forestry land is being converted into farm land for increased dairy production.
This work was commissioned by The Rotary Club of Tokoroa.
The material used for this sculpture was New Zealand Pinus Radiata. The wood for this pole came from Pohuturoa, south of Tokoroa. Pine is originally from California, America. New Zealand pine grows well in New Zealand’s soils and climate, providing a strong economical and versatile timber.
New Zealand pine produces tall trunks that can be used and suited for wood furniture and all forms of show wood applications, including carvings and sculptures. New Zealand pine is a valued part of New Zealand’s economy providing jobs to many throughout the country.
Also used for this carving were metal chainsaw blade, rubber, leather, and concrete plinth.
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Noel_Byrne (8073) 2013-01-19 8:15
As ever, thank you for the comprehensive note that gives a great background to the meaning and story of this great sculpture. I love that you have chosen the low point of view like this, looking up at it makes it seem to be a very impressive monument, and reinforces your ntoe about the importance of this industry. The position of the chainsaw in the image is also perfect, that is a VERY big piece of machinery!
Thanks for sharing.
All the best
ACL1978 (6103) 2013-01-20 7:00
Hi Chian - as Noel said, a really good angle for this statue, accentuating the height and size, as well as framing it nicely with the red leaves of the tree behind. This creates a nice reflection in the blade of the chainsaw, and makes the blade appear even larger in comparison to the rest of the statue. A good choice with a nice result.
- Copyright: Chian Sing Lai (kim_gwan) (382)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-11-20
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Sony Alpha a35, SAL 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6, SDHC 8G, Hoya HMC UV Multicoated 55mm
- Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-19 0:29