Skellerns Metal Castings Auckland foundry is proud to have produced a wide range of elegantly designed and cast Artwork and Sculptures, for parks, streets, homes, gardens and businesses for over 50 years.  During this time we have worked with a number of local and internationally renowned and upcoming artists and sculpture designers by providing high quality support and services to ensure their artwork designs and ideas on paper and as preliminary moulds are truely recreated in an elegant form.

Following are some of our recent sculpture and artwork projects which include the Marlin in Paihia and the Statue of Sir Colin Meads in Te Kuiti.

Air New Zealand Suppliers Awards

In 2019 Skellerns were commissioned by the Air New Zealand Suppliers Division to cast the sculptured Tuhono Supplier Award that was presented to the winners of the various supplier divisions at their inaugural Annual Awards evening. 

Not only did each division winner gain the well deserved recognition of both Air New Zealand and their peers, but they also got to take home a bespoke engraved bronze sculpture cast by Skellerns especially for the presentations.

The following press release backgrounds the Awards and the Suppliers achievements: 

Battle of Passchendaele Memorial

This project was completed for the Passchendaele Society in Auckland with funding from the New Zealand Lotteries Commission.

It comprised the manufacture of three large 600 mm x 600 mm bronze plaques (one was curved) and 846 bronze disks at 50 mm diameter each.

Skellerns liaised with both the Society and their project management team in Belgium throughout the preliminary design and detailing phases of the project, during the manufacturing process, and the time critical overseas transportation, as well as the final installation phases. 

The memorial was opened on 12 October 2017.

The following article at backgrounds the project and the following photographs show the curved memorial narrative panel plus a photograph of one of the disks fixed to a headstone.

Statue of Sir Colin Meads in Full Flight

We are proud to have worked with Natalie Stamilla, Auckland, to cast her sculptured design of Sir Colin Meads in full flight, into its larger than life form.

The Colin Meads statue stands 2.87 metres high and weighs approximately 650 kg. The project was commissioned and funded by a huge effort from Te Kuiti’s local fundraising community.

Skellerns found innovative ways to cast the artists very detailed sculpture and devised an innovative way to hold the statue upright, whilst also satisfying the local Structural Engineers and the local Building Inspector’s requirements. 

Time was of the essence, as once the unveiling date was committed and dignitaries invited from around the world, the statue had to be finished and erected on time. 

The following articles show Sir Colin Meads with his look-a-like at the unveiling ceremony on 17 June 2017.

In the news: NZ Herald, Fox
Read some reviews: TripAdvisor

Statue of Marlin

In 2017 Skellerns were honoured to be requested by Fuller family and AXIA Designs, Napier, to cast and erect of the Leaping Marlin that now represents the area of Paihia in the Bay of Islands so elegantly.

The Marlin statue is almost 4 metres high and weighs 600 kg. A prize catch in anyone’s book, but also a great sight on the waterfront at Paihia. The Leaping Marlin statue project was generously funded by the Fuller family as a donation to the local community.

The moulding of the Marlin required an innovative solution, in that a 3D digital model was created of a real marlin, and then that model was used to create the moulds which formed the basis of the casting process. 

The following articles confirm the Fuller Family were very pleased with the final result.

In the news: NZ Herald, 

Location: Paihia Artist: AXIA Design & Fullers

Albany Stadium Pool Sculpture

Auckland Artist Seung Yul Oh’s “Upon a Pond” was commissioned by Auckalnd Council and installed for Albany Stadium Pool in 2017.

Skellerns worked closely with Seung Yul Oh during the design and casting of these very creative sculptured pieces of public artwork.

In the news:

Location: Albany, NZ Artist: Seung Yul Oh