18 Oct 2012 - NZPGA
An incredible pack of cast iron wolves and a Chinese warrior figure are the latest sculptures to grace The Hills golf course.
The sculptures, titled “Wolves are Coming” and created by Chinese artist Liu Ruowang, feature 110 larger-than-life wolves congregating around a Chinese warrior.
Sir Michael Hill purchased the sculptures from the upcoming art district 798 in Beijing.
"I went to Beijing in an old industrial area that was derelict, all the artists have taken up residence there. There has been a complete revival in Chinese art, it's made significant inroads into the international scene."
The wolves have been dramatically placed alongside the 18th hole so it appears the pack is descending from the mountains.
Each wolf weighs between 200kg and 300kg and there are 10 different models, each moulded in clay before being cast in iron and eventually individually shipped from Beijing to Arrowtown.
The Wolves are the latest addition to this world unique sculpture park at The Hills where Sir Michael is increasingly combining his love of art with golf.
"I might have stumbled on something here ... I think we can create the wow factor. Nobody has ever done this before on a golf course.
"I always believe if you can beat a different drum and pull off something different like this it becomes far more significant than following the herd."
NZPGA Championship tournament director Michael Glading is equally excited about the unique element the sculptures can bring to the tournament.
“The wolves are an incredible addition to the golf course and the opportunity for the public to see them at the NZPGA Championship will really add another dimension to the event. Adding the sculpture park to top class golf, celebrity golfers and an array of Central Otago wine and food will definitely ensure a great day out at The Hills.”