Where should the next sculpture go?

17:29, Nov 13 2012

The site for Palmerston North’s eighth public sculpture has been decided.

The artwork will be put up on the corner of The Square and Broadway Ave.

Public Sculpture Trust chairman Simon Barnett said the next step would be to invite seven sculptors from Palmerston North and around New Zealand to register their interest in taking on the $100,000 project.

They will then be asked to make proposals, and a shortlist of sculptors will provide detailed plans and small-scale models before an independent panel makes the final choice.

It could be next September before the work is created, in place and unveiled.

Mr Barnett said the decision on the site was an important one. It was chosen to help lift the mood in Broadway Ave. 


It would be visible from the sculptures at Coleman Mall and the Regent, so the city would start seeing the cumulative benefits of the growing array of public art.

‘‘They are starting to make quite an impact.

The Giants Amongst Us on Cuba St at the end of George St is a very good example of how they can change the feeling and character of a space.

‘‘We are trying to choose sculptors and sculptures which work well for the site.

‘‘It’s important to find a good site and a sculpture that fits the place.’’

Palmerston North City Council contributes $50,000 a year for sculptures, and the trust raises the balance.

The seven already in place are Numbers at Coleman Mall, Returning Column on the Main St roundabout, Cityscape at the library, United Divided near the Convention Centre, Who’s Afraid outside the Regent, Body Language under the civic administration building, and The Giants Amongst Us.


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Manawatu Standard