The first sculpture in the Te Matau-a-Maui Art and Heritage Trail has been commissioned, with work starting on the piece within two weeks.

The sculpture, titled Elixir of Life, is a kinetic work with elements that will spin in the wind. It was designed by local artists Riks Terstappen and Amy Lynch and will be situated alongside the Haumoana Hall.

Jacob Scott and Louise Purvis are two of the other artists whose work will be featured as part of the sculpture programme that will dot the landscape from Black Bridge to Clifton.

Tremains Real Estate is the inaugural patron of the Cape Coast Art and Heritage Trust and with a donation kicked off a $180,000 fundraising drive by the Cape Coast Arts and Heritage Trust to fund the sculptures.

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Simon Tremain, managing director of Tremains, said the establishment of the discovery panels in Haumoana and Te Awanga last week and now Tremains support, will help the trust launch the landscape artworks.

"This will without doubt become a major tourist attraction," he said.

"The Cape Coast is a magnificent part of the Hawke's Bay and 'the hidden heritage' will add real interest and intrigue to the walk and cycleway."