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Written by Sue Allison   


Steely Eye

A silver giant sits reading under the trees while a woman stoops to pick a flower and a thin man cycles

past on a penny-farthing. Nearby, an enormous corkscrew dwarfs a shed filled with welding paraphernalia. One glance around Allan O’Loughlin’s garden and it’s clear that this is the home of someone with a vivid imagination and the creative skills to bring it to life. Allan, a fitter-welder and self-taught sculptor, uses the skills learnt in his trade to create works of art in steel. More than 60 of them are scattered around the 9000m2 property he shares with his partner, Andrea, in Mandeville, 25km north of Christchurch.

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