Max Patté who was described as a rare talent by Kathryn Ryan on the Nine to Noon program on August 12 is the sculptor responsible for Solace.
In a very short time Solace has become synonymous with Wellington.
Such is its popularity it is virtually impossible to buy a guide book or watch a promotional video of Wellington without the statue of Solace featuring.
The sculpture leaning North Westerly from the Wellington Waterfront can be seen to connect with both Wellington and our distant mythological past.
“Wellingtonians love Solace so much, they add a jacket occasionally against the cold.”
It does appear to be at one with both the elements and landscape. Certainly the Athfield designed Clyde Quay Apartments are now another interesting backdrop for Solace.
Already reacting to the elements the original copper colour is now becoming much darker.
This is not a singular piece; there is another Solace in the German city of Munich. This time situated high up on a city building.
Max Patté is the Head of Sculpture at Weta workshop. It is not surprising to find out he attended The Wimbledon Art School in London where he studied the traditional Renaissance style sculpture.
In 2008 he was made an Associate of British Sculpture.
He has had a number of private commissions in New Zealand, none more important than those majestic horses that stand in Michael Hill's Golf Course in Arrowtown. And then there is the work that Sir Ian McKellen has near Canary Wharf alongside a work by his idol Anthony Gormley. He also made a special joint sculpture of the infamous couple Charles Saatchi and Nigella.
Max also paints large works on canvas making use of iron dust incorporating the Renaissance artist's difficult technique of pin pricking which was used on their frescoes.
He has also been involved with many Award winning films including The Hobbit, Batman and he has also worked on designs for The Scottish Royal Ballet.
Jackie Pope, Bay View newsletter 64, November 2014