Where and how are they made?
All of our statues are manufactured right here in New Zealand. Our factory is based in Waltham Road, Christchurch.
The process begins by creating an original design and then sculpting it. The mould is taken using the highest quality materials available to maintain 100% of the original details. On completion of the mould the reproductions are ready to be manufactured. All hand-made individually, the statuary is cast. With attention to detail, each article is hand finished, ready for your enjoyment.
Due to the nature of the manufacturing process of cement based products by hand, all articles will vary slightly. Customers can expect some slight variations in colour and uniformity. Such variations are within manufacturers tolerances and in no way reflect an inferior product and does in fact create a truly individual piece of art.
What are the colour options?
The current colour finishes can be viewed on our Colour range page. Our most favoured finish is the ever-popular “Antique Cream”.
Our latest additions to the colour range are “Lichen” and “Fossil” which are all available at no additional charge. We also have available “Rust” which is available in 3 tones – Light Rust, Standard Rust and Black Rust. This service will incur additional cost.
How will they weather and what should I do to maintain my statue?
The degree in which the statuary weathers will vary depending on the situation it is placed in. A shady, damp spot will obviously cause more moss and mould and aging to occur on the article than a position in full sun. Consideration should also be given to placement of fountains and water features and birdbaths which hold water, as this can attract algae and mould growth.
Whilst natural aging can have a desirable effect on the sculptures as the aging develops character and appeal to the garden, some people prefer the “like new” finish. If you prefer your statues to remain looking like new, then a silicone sealer can be applied. This is not usually recommended by Creative Castings, as we believe a better alternative is simply washing down the statuary when required with water and a soft brush.
How do I position my statue in the garden?
In most situations the statuary does not need a perfectly level surface. However if you have purchased a water feature or componentary set (such as a birdbath or pedestal & urn), then a level surface is essential. One option in achieving this is by placing crusher dust underneath the base unit. Securing articles together (with products such as mortar or No more nails) is also recommended to further stabilise the product set up.
Freight Quotes and Delivery options
We regularly ship our statuary throughout New Zealand. We also offer a personal delivery service within the Christchurch area. All orders dispatched from us will incur a freight charge which we are happy to quote on if required. Please feel free to organise your own freight company if you prefer or you are welcome to collect your order directly from our Christchurch factory. Whilst freight damage is rare, any claims against transit damage must be lodged within 7 days.