Wednesday, April 29, 2009


On Friday 29 April at 9 AM the fifth Paul Dibble sculpture available to the general public will be installed in the Moore Wilson supermarket on Tory Street in Wellington. Is this the first supermarket sculpture in Wellington, or even in New Zealand? Maybe. Remember that it was a Dibble that caused a brief bronze-for-cash scare when one of his works was stolen from Waikanae beachfront restaurant Swell in 2005. The Moore Wilson work is pegged to recognise the site as the original land occupied by Thompson Lewis & Co the soft drink manufacturers. An artesian well (discovered by a water diviner) supplied the drink company with its core ingredient for 53 years and, we are told, the sculpture will capture this story. Another art story attached to this site was F1 a large art exhibition that was held in the disused drinks factory in November/December 1982. You can read a review of some of the works, here and a short post on the exhibition’s organiser Ian Hunter here.
Image: Waiting for Dibble.