Sculpture to go on state highway

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 13:03 12/09/2013
Fanfare sculpture

LIT UP: Fanfare, by sculptor Neil Dawson, is covered with more than 350 rotating reflective pinwheels.

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A $2 million sculpture representing Christchurch's rebuild will be placed on the northern approaches to the city.

Neil Dawson's giant sculpture, Fanfare, which is 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, gave it to Christchurch. However, it has been in storage since then.

Christchurch City councillors today agreed that it should be installed at the northern entrance to Christchurch on State Highway 1, just south of the Waimakariri River bridge.

It will be installed 4 metres above the ground and lit up at night.

The council's principal urban design adviser, Hugh Nicholson, said in a report that the sculpture would create a powerful image symbolising the rebuilding of Christchurch while welcoming visitors to the northern entrance of the city.

He said the dynamic sculpture would be a "hopeful and uplifting" signal to residents and visitors.

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 for the project.

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

The council will have to include the annual maintenance cost of $3000, and costs of $10,000 and $55,000 at the five and 10-year period respectively, in its 2015-25 long-term plan.

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