Shining artwork reflects airport

'It brings the cloud and skies to the ground'

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 05:00 21/08/2012
Gregor Kregar sculpture
KIRK HARGREAVES/Fairfax NZ
CLOUD BASED: Gregor Kregar works on his sculpture at Christchurch International Airport.

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A sculpture that will literally reflect Christchurch's environment is set to be unveiled this week.

More than 1000 pieces of mirrored stainless steel and 8000 bolts are being transformed into a geometric sculpture in front of Christchurch International Airport's new terminal.

Slovenian sculptor Gregor Kregar said his sculpture, Cumulus Gate Pavilion for Richard Pearse, which was loosely based on a cumulus cloud, would reflect its surroundings, including lights that would shine on it at night and flax that would be planted around it.

"It brings the cloud and skies to the ground," he said.

Kregar said he was interested to see how the surroundings were transformed by the mirrors.

Pearse was a Kiwi aviation pioneer.

Kregar described the sculpture, which reaches eight metres at its highest point, as one of his most ambitious, largest and most complex pieces.

The Auckland-based sculptor has displayed his work in several countries, including the United States, Dubai, Slovenia and Australia.

The sculpture is the second piece in a set commissioned by the airport. The first, Clouds for Richard Pearse, hangs in the baggage-claim area.

Airport terminal development general manager Geoffrey Eban said Kregar's design was the most aesthetically pleasing of the proposals the airport had received.

The two sculptures were commissioned about 18 months ago, with the the first unveiled in February this year.

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