Mark Whyte has restored Gothic buildings, sculpted war heroes and created a bronze sled dog - now he will add an All Black captain to his list.

The Lyttelton sculptor has been commissioned by the Kurow Museum Committee to craft a bronze statue of one of the greatest All Black captains, Richie McCaw.

Mr Whyte said the statue will be about 2m tall and will stand in Kurow - McCaw's home town.

He is looking forward to meeting McCaw in the next few months to realise his character, which will help him create a clay casing for the statue, Mr Whyte said.

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Mr Whyte's most notable work in Canterbury is the statue of double Victoria Cross recipient Charles Upham at Amberley.

He said he is used to sculpting war heroes but it will be a similar process crafting the McCaw statue and the challenge will come from making it as accurate as possible.

"I'm meticulous. I do my utmost to get the true character of a person."

Mr Whyte said he did not want to create a sculpture that would reflect anything other than a real portrayal of McCaw.

Mark Whyte's statue of Charles Upham.
Mark Whyte's statue of Charles Upham.

- Christchurch Star