Giant golden chicken wing, anyone? video

Rory O'Sullivan/Stuff.co.nz

Staff and students of Massey University aren't completely sold on the $90,000 golden chicken wing sculpture that appeared in one of the main quadrangles this week.

A giant golden chicken wing sculpture, installed at Massey University's Albany campus, cost $90,000.

Unveiled this week, The Golden Promise sculpture was designed by established Auckland artist Reuben Paterson.

A Massey University spokesman said the $90,000 cost covered fabrication, construction, concept, installation, an artist's fee, travel, delivery and resource consent fees.

A giant golden chicken wing sculpture has been installed at Massey University’s Albany campus.
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A giant golden chicken wing sculpture has been installed at Massey University’s Albany campus.

"We wanted to commemorate the 50th anniversary and leave a legacy for future students and staff."

Paterson said the golden wing symbolised protection and nurturing offered by the university to students at the campus, which was previously the site of chicken farming.

"This work especially refers to - and celebrates - the development of the university from its beginnings as an agricultural college, into what it has aspired to become over the course of its own history – and just as the university has transformed and grown over this time, so too has the pastoral land on which it is located at Albany."

Albany Students' Association president Andre Budel said reaction had been "mixed".

"Some people don't really get it and others are all for it. So far it's not been so much about the cost, and more about the sculpture itself. Some people don't understand where it came from."

Confusion over the sculpture has been rife on social media.

"What message is it supposed to send?

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"Students of Massey, you will work at KFC for the next seven years to repay only half of your student loan. Worship the golden wing!" a RedditNZ user said.

Professor Kerry Chamberlain said the sculpture linked the university's aspirations and history.

The Golden Promise was one of three heritage sculptures unveiled this week to mark Massey's golden jubilee.

At Wellington, Pasifika artist Filipe Tohi built a 8.5m welded aluminium sculpture titled Poutaha – meaning both a marker and a memorial.

At the Manawatu campus, a sculpture called Binary, created by artist Chiara Corbelletto, was unveiled outside the Student Centre.

Each campus had $90,000 to spend.

 - Stuff

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