Monday, May 03, 2010

Eye pod

The Wellington region continues its quest for the biggest outdoor sculpture with Whales-on-sticks, a project coming out of the Kapiti Coast. The project is being run by Gavin Bradley, ex-Saatchi & Saatchi and the star of one of our country’s few sculpture theft events.  

Whale song – yes, the bronze-coated pod of whales will have a sound track – will be 17 metres long supported on 20 metre poles and will cost $3.5 million. Kapiti Chamber of Commerce chair Mark Ternent said local businesses have mixed views on the project but cheered up when told it wasn’t going to come out of the rates. Airport buff Sir Noel Robinson told the DomPost, “ It would be one of the great sculptures of the world”, so that’s good.

Images: Top the Kapiti Whale proposal. Bottom: other whale-on-stick projects around the world