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Written by Les Watkins - North Harbour News   
Friday, 22 May 2009

They’d been dumped behind a line of pines in a paddock at Ngunguru.

Most people would have seen them simply as junk.

They’d been dumped behind a line of pines in a paddock at Ngunguru.

DOUBLE ACT: Sculptor Natalie Fuge of Manly shows a sample of her work and that of her daughter, acrylic painter Patricia Hollis, who’ll be joining her at this year’s Art at the Estuary exhibition in Orewa.

Dirty old bits of window glass – some cracked, some totally smashed – ripped out of an old tavern that was being demolished.

Suitable only for the tip.

But not in the eyes of Manly sculptor Natalie Fuge. She could see them featuring in beautiful works of art.

And it was the same with round slabs of unwanted concrete hacked from pillars at a casino being renovated in Queenstown.

"I’m fascinated by the contrast between the density of the concrete and the delicacy of the glass," says Natalie, a physiotherapist until her retirement four years ago, who specialises in elegant garden ornaments.

That fascination was shared by crowds who attended last year’s Art at the Estuary, an annual fundraiser for the Hibiscus Coast Hospice, and her works feature in gardens throughout the North Island.

"People enjoy seeing things that are new and different and so I won’t be featuring glass in my collection at this year’s exhibition," she says.

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