Pukeko flies off to new home
A colossal pukeko that’s become something of a landmark on a busy street is settling into a new home.
Ceramic artist Kevin Kilsby is shifting premises which means the 2.5 metre pukeko sculpture that has been perched on the roof of his shop at the corner of Richardson Rd and Weston Rd, Mt Albert, for the last 12 years has had to move.
It’s been given to West Auckland’s Colwill School.
‘‘It’s a bit of a local landmark. People give directions based on it,’’ Mr Kilsby says.
‘‘We’ll be sad to see it go, but it just wouldn’t look right standing in my front garden.
‘‘At least enjoyed.’’
The artist is well known for his hand-painted pukeko and is moving his shop to his nearby pottery studio.
The original idea for the sculpture came from an employee who had been a prop maker for the Lord Of The Rings movies.
‘‘It was one of those things you say ‘ yes’ to before you’ve thought about it.’’
For just a few minutes the pukeko got to take flight when it was winched from the roof last week.
A small crowd of passersby gathered to watch it leave.
Colwill School has recently rebranded and made the pukeko its symbol.
‘‘They seemed the obvious
still be way to go,’’ principal Robert Taylor says.
‘‘When the Genesis Energy advert came on television the kids started talking about pukekos being smart and we thought ‘OK, we can use this to get the kids thinking about how to behave’.’’
The pukeko will be given a fresh coat of paint and a tidy up before he is unveiled in his spot overlooking the school playground.
Goodbye: Kevin Kilsby farewells the giant pukeko sculpture that has been perched on the roof of his ceramics store for more than a decade.
Take off: The pukeko sculpture is lifted from the roof on to the truck that will take it to its new home.