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Paul Dibble

Paul Dibble (b. 1943) began making work in a small temporary workshop in a shed in the late 1970s. He later moved to an industrial warehouse in the mid-1990s before eventually establishing his own foundry in Palmerston North in 2000.

His sculptural works offer meditations on the human form and explore the history of Aotearoa and the Pacific. A recent body of work paid tribute to the beauty and tragic history of the Huia — the extinct bird species that once occupied native forest throughout the North Island of New Zealand. He is perhaps best known for his major installation, Southern Stand, the New Zealand War Memorial in Hyde Park Corner, London; a series of sixteen vertical bronze pieces that stand over seven feet high. He is currently creating a large-scale commission to memorialise the Featherston Military Camp, the largest WWI military training camp in New Zealand.