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I haven’t painted site, Central artist admits  

Prominent landscape artist Grahame Sydney admitted he had not painted the Project Hayes site before the wind farm was planned.

The Maniototo-based artist is renowned for his paintings of the area and, when cross-examined by Meridian’s lawyers, said he regarded the Lammermoors as an integral part of what he loved about Central Otago.

“I haven’t painted the site, but I am engaged in a film about the landscape in which the Old Dunstan Rd features, and therefore I am deeply immersed in it,” he said.

Strongly against the wind farm, and an active member of the Maniototo Environmental Society, Sydney said his recent work was an attempt to portray the “indescribable elements and evoke the spiritual connection that landscapes, especially Central Otago landscapes, have the capacity to generate” .

Writer Brian Turner planned to read a short poem in court yesterday, but the application made by lawyer Neville Marquet was declined by Judge Jackson.

By Aimee Wilson

The Southland Times

28 May 2008

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