Some new sculptures have appeared near Te Papa recently. I love the Green Islands series of 4 plinths supporting number 8 wire representations of native plants:
On top of the plinth closest to Circa Theatre is a healthy head of toetoe (Cortaderia richardii) complete with plumes. The next plinth sports a large Pohutukawa (Metrosideros – Pacific Princess), protected at its base by a thick brood of tussock (Poa cita). The third plinth supports a large flax in flower (Phormium tenax). The plinth bordering Te Papa Tongarewa is the foundation for a grand cabbage tree (Cordyline australis) thrusting forth from a spiky mound of flowering Agapanthus (Africanus sp.). All the species are represented at a natural scale.
…The plinths themselves are 2m cubes, with a 10mm variation, shorter as they get closer to Te Papa. They are made of solid reinforced concrete, clad with a bluestone tile around the four sides.
The sculptures are just perfect where they are. They’re visually very interesting and surprisingly beautiful.
But, I’m extremely disappointed to discover they are only temporary:
The sculptures are situated on the four concrete ‘plinths’ in Te Papa forecourt. The works are installed for a minimum of six months and a maximum of two years, and remain the property of the artist.
I really hope something changes with this arrangement and these sculptures become a permanent fixture in that spot.
Click the thumbnail image to see a larger photo, within an album of several pictures.