Giant kina sculpture installed tonight

TOM HUNT
Last updated 11:05 05/11/2012
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SEE URCHIN: The giant kina, each weighing about 7.5 tonnes, are unloaded.

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Nine massive kina, each weighting up to 7.5 tonnes, will begin to be lowered in to Wellington Harbour tonight.

The new sculpture by Michel Tuffery, Nga Kina, was constructed in Auckland and trucked to Wellington late last week.

Tuffery's wife, Jane Tuffery, said the sculpture of nine kina would sit in the water at Kumutoto Wharf and would be increasingly visible at low tide.

Each concrete kina was two to three metres in diameter, with the heaviest weighing 7.5 tonnes. They would be lit underwater with a ''complex lighting system''.

''It's quite a unique project in terms of the scale of the works,'' she said.

Wellington Sculpture Trust chairman Neil Plimmer said the installation had been more than five years in the making, because there had been a lot of "to-ing and fro-ing" on getting the details right.

''It's going to be a dramatic addition to the waterfront,'' he said.

Nga Kina has been partly funded by the trust and Wellington City Council, with most of the $340,000 needed being provided by private donors.

The first of the kina would be installed from 5pm tonight, following a 3pm blessing.

Kumutoto Wharf is north of Queens Wharf.

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