Wind wand's future up in the air

TOM HUNT
Last updated 09:52 19/08/2014
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BOOM: Lightning strikes Wellington's Zephyrometer.

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The fate of a Wellington sculpture struck by lightning remains uncertain with the artist who created it unable to be contacted.

Zephyrometer, a $150,000, 33-metre concrete, fibreglass and steel sculpture in Evans Bay was struck by lightning and badly damaged on Thursday night.

Wellington City Council spokesman Clayton Anderson this morning confirmed the artist who created the sculpture, Phil Price, was in the Isle of Man and the council had not been able to contact him to discuss what to do about it.

Price had though talked to a friend in Christchurch so was aware of the incident.

The wand was tied down to concrete blocks on Friday.

It would stay that way until Price could be contacted, Anderson said.''He may say we can dismantle it or he may say he will be back to look at it.''

The sculpture did not have a lightning conductor but Price had consulted engineers about safety and weather when it was installed.

The sculpture was insured.

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