Another New Zealand-made sculpture of a Kiwi soldier was the Cambridge memorial. The sculptor was an Auckland artist, Richard Gross, who completed the work in 1923. It showed the shirtless figure of an Anzac with sandbags, used in trenches, at his feet, and was seen by the artist as symbolising sacrifice. Gross contributed to other war memorials, always in association with two Auckland architects, William Gummer and M. K. Draffin. With Gummer, Gross was responsible for the male figure on top of the Auckland Grammar School memorial, the lion at the base of the Dunedin cenotaph, and the fountain at the national war memorial carillon in Wellington. In association with Draffin he completed a delicate bronze frieze around the Havelock North memorial, the stone frieze on the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and the decorative elements on the Wellington cenotaph – including two panels of a call-to-arms relief and the equestrian figure on top, the Will to Peace.
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