Kilauea sculptor opens up last Kauai show to public

Kilauea sculptor Holly Young’s work is viewed by hundreds of thousands of people in Hawaii each year in Waikiki.

Her monumental bronze of beloved Queen Kapiolani of the Hawaiian Kingdom, and a imaginative sculpture based on surfer Fred Van Dyke’s story of “Makua and Kila” serves as a fountain on Waikiki Beach. Both works were awarded funding by the City and County of Honolulu.

A sample of Young’s other bronze work includes a child doing a cartwheel and a boy on his surfboard. Working quietly in her Kilauea studio over the past seven years, she has created sculptures that are in public and private collections around the world, in places as diverse as British Columbia, Europe and Dubai.

Young is moving with her family in August to the Big Island. To mark her move, she is inviting the public to visit her studio to see the work she has just completed in wax, the first stage of the long bronze casting process. The piece is a life size portrait of a Hawaiian Fisherman holding a throw net. The sculpture is titled “Fisher of Men,” a biblical reference concerning the disciples of Jesus.

During the open studio day set for Sunday, July 13 from 4 to 6 p.m., Young said she will show how a sculpture comes to life from sculpting the wax to making a mold and then the many steps of the casting process itself.

Anyone interested in attending the showing can call Diana Richardson at 821-9020 for more information.

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