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Wellington Gateway Sculpture Upoko O Te Ika A Maui
Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand

Artist Team

Landscape Architects: Wraight + Associates
Film Maker: Taika Waititi
Lighting Artist: Claude Hidber

Client : Wellington Sculpture Trust
Project Status: Competition Winner / On hold

Project Summary

This enjoyable collaboration has produced a scheme that endeavours to reflect upon the evolution and future of Wellington as a city.

Project Objectives

  • To create a memorable sculptural gateway experience for the city of Wellington

 

Key Features

  • Harnesses the city’s mythological, morphological and cultural narratives the proposal offers a sequence of distinct moments along the city’s prime urban conduits.
  • These moments punctuate the long linear corridor of the motorway and railway, intersecting at key junctions, offering varying experiences dependent upon direction, proximity and awareness. The location of these interventions has been carefully considered, and executed.
  • The moments are deliberately spatially dislocated to afford opportunities for different readings, but retain a common language of material and form that binds them together as a whole.
  • The integrated, but spatially spread “receding water” elements, playfully drape the motorway’s utilitarian walls and structures culminating, or commencing (dependent upon the viewer’s approach) at the Hook of Maui, a monumentally scaled hook that seemingly pulls the motorway and all of Wellington into existence.