|I was commissioned by the Art in Public Places group to design a structure
to display a naval mine which washed onto the rocks in
New Plymouth in 1943, the year I was born.
I was pleased, and honoured, to be asked and designed this so passersby would see themselves reflected in the shiny stainless steel
collar and realise that the mealy-mouthed term 'collateral damage' means people just like them. Nice ordinary people out for a walk,
enjoying being alive, suddenly killed or maimed as a byproduct of someone else's war.
I was delighted that PACE Engineering in New Plymouth were able to make my sculpture exactly the way I'd hoped.
I regard this project as a high point in my life as well as my career.
I've put together a book New Plymouth's Mine with the history of the mine.
(It's with my books on www.dalecopeland.co.nz/Press/press.htm)
It records the entire history, from memoirs kept by members of the New
Plymouth's Bomb Disposal Squad right up to the modern day efforts needed to turn an about-to-be-junked artefact into a
public piece of art.