Robbie and friends take a break from duties
Robbie’s raised fist was glimpsed for the last time on Wednesday before disappearing from public view for two years.
The sculpture of Sir DoveMyer Robinson was removed in preparation for Auckland City Council’s $25 million upgrade project in Aotea Square.
It’s one of four public artworks to be put in storage for at least two years during the work.
Sculptor Toby Twiss helped workers locate four rods holding the 250kg statue in place during removal on Wednesday.
“I’m just here to show them where they might be from my memory and some photographs,” he says.
Hillsborough resident Mr Twiss says the move has been on the cards since the work was installed in July 2002.
“The whole development was already in the pipeline at that stage.”
He says the bronze statue has weathered well over the past six years, with only minor discolouring.
Art conservator Liz Yuda says input from artists as well as photographs and plans from installation are used in planning the relocation.
Terry Stringer’s sculpture Mountain Fountain was dismantled last week by cutting the sheets of copper alloy along the weld lines.
It will be welded back together when it returns at the end of the upgrade, expected to be in 2010.
Wooden archway Te Wa- haroa O Aotea, by Selwyn Muru, will be removed by the end of next week.
The pieces are being dismantled, numbered, tagged and checked for damage before being put in storage.
Crouching warrior Te Wero, by Lyndon Smith, has already been relocated.
Three artworks will remain – Lord Auckland by Henry Weekes and two pieces on the Aotea Centre, Untitled by Paratene Matchitt and Red Dancer by Barry Lett.
The artwork removal costs are estimated at $142,000, and storage costs at $60,000.
The square upgrade is being carried out as part of the council’s $80m programme to repair the leaky civic carpark roof.
Careful work: Conservator Liz Yuda and artist Toby Twiss discuss removal of the Sir Dove-Myer Robinson statue.