Merv Sarson

b. 1943

Merv Sarson was born in England and moved to Aotearoa with his family in 1972. Settling in Invercargill, he taught art at Southland Boys High School and later, with a move to Christchurch, he taught at Linwood High School. In 1999 Sarson left teaching to work full-time as a metal sculptor. Around 2015, Merv tells us, he "ran out of steam. Beating metal is hard on the arms."

Sarson often sculpted in aluminium presenting birds in flight and feather forms, for example 'Flight of the Harrier' (2011). It is a passion he attributes to his childhood and a love of hang gliding.

See also:

Merv Sarson, ‘Images of the South’ (1978), SIT City Campus Building, Waihōpai Invergargill

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021