Sculpture site has 'low birdstrike risk'

Last updated 05:00 03/09/2013

LOCATION, LOCATION: Fanfare is likely to be placed at Chaney’s Corner, north of Christchurch, due to the risk of birdstrike in other potential locations.

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Giant sculpture Fanfare will likely be placed on the northern approaches to Christchurch due to the birdstrike risk in other proposed spots.

Neil Dawson's $2 million art piece, covered with more than 350 reflective pinwheels, was originally suspended from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to herald in the 2005 new year.

After it was dismantled, the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, gifted it to Christchurch.

Hugh Nicholson told a Christchurch City Council workshop that sound issues, sightlines, birdstrike and traffic safety were all taken into consideration when looking for an appropriate site.

Several sites were considered, including Bromley Oxidation Ponds, Hagley Park, Cathedral Square, the Southern Motorway Extension and Christchurch Airport, he said.

However, Chaney's Corner was considered the best option.

It had low birdstrike risk, NZTA supported it, all adjacent property owners were happy and there was an average daily vehicle count of nearly 50,000.

The cost to commission and install the artwork has been estimated at $848,000.

The council's Public Art Fund has committed $350,000 as its portion of the $730,000 confirmed funding to the project.

To meet the shortfall required for the project, SCAPE Public Art will carry out a public fundraising campaign.

A decision on its location is expected to made at a council meeting on September 12.

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