I saw on the 6.30 news this morning, whilst
Ferns, by Christchurch artist Neil Dawson, was installed in 1998 and hangs above Wellington's Civic Square, an area surrounded by council buildings, each with a distinctive architectural style and era.
The 3.4 metre diameter sphere uses sculpted leaves of several ferns endemic to New Zealand, suspended 14 metres over its centre.
|Wellington City Art Gallery, Civic Square|
Significant "fatigue" on one of the sculpture's fixings, and tears in the aluminium were found during the annual inspection. Civic Square is over the road from Wellington Harbour and, believe me, the sea spray would have no problem reaching Civic Square in a Wellington southerly!
The sculpture was removed last night and taken to a workshop for repair. The council hopes to have it back in place soon for the influx of tourists arriving soon for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Wellington has some beautiful sculpture around the harbour and city. The council has done an amazing job making the inner city and surrounding harbour an enjoyable and interesting walk. I hope 'Ferns' makes it back before the Cup as it really is quite striking.
Images 1 to 4 from here; 5 & 8 from here; 6 from here; 7 from here.