Magic home for black boat

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Work is un­der way on the Sir Peter Blake memo­rial re­de­vel­op­ment at the Mar­itime Mu­seum.

The for­mer Hall of Yacht­ing is now a de­mo­li­tion site, with only its steel pil­lars and con­crete floor re­main­ing.

Even the roof has made way to al­low for the mast of yacht NZL32, Black Magic, which will be sus­pended in the cen­tre of the new room.

The ac­com­pa­ny­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, Blue Wa­ter Black Magic, will sur­round the yacht on three lev­els fea­tur­ing dis­plays from the be­gin­nings of yacht­ing in New Zealand up to the 1995 Amer­ica’s Cup win.

“The idea is to tell how the suc­cess of the Amer­ica’s Cup ac­tu­ally hap­pened,” says the mu­seum’s col­lec­tions of­fi­cer Karolina Spasseka Markovska.

“It will be very im­pres­sive and dra­matic.”

Black Magic, which now sits in the Team New Zealand shed in the Viaduct, will be craned along the west side of the mu­seum out on to the wa­ter.

It will then be guided on to tracks and wheeled into the new room and a re­mov­able wall will be put back in place.

Ms Spasseka Markovska says the whole boat will be orig­i­nal ex­cept for the 20-tonne lead keel, which will be re­placed by an iden­ti­cal, lighter ver­sion.

“It’s a big chal­lenge, it’s a big boat,” says mu­seum chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Evans. “It’s go­ing to be a bit of a lo­gis­ti­cal ex­er­cise.”

Construction on the $9 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment be­gan in Septem­ber and is due to be fin­ished late next year, with an of­fi­cial launch planned for Novem­ber.

The de­sign for the memo­rial was cho­sen af­ter an orig­i­nal idea to have Black Magic housed in a glass cas­ing was re­jected.

It was la­belled a “gi­ant coffi

Lady Pippa Blake has shown her full sup­port for the new de­sign and pro­vided some of Sir Peter’s be­long­ings.

Mr Evans says al­though they are still go­ing through the se­lec­tion process, the ex­hi­bi­tion will fo­cus on the hu­man sto­ries be­hind the ob­jects.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

New be­gin­nings: Mar­itime Mu­seum chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Evans and col­lec­tions of­fi­cer Karolina Spasseka Markovska at the de­mo­li­tion site.

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