Park’s sculp­ture re­turns

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - ELESHA ED­MONDS

Auck­land’s small­est villa has been ren­o­vated and re­turned to its home ad­dress.

The bronze sculp­ture was re­moved from Pot­ter’s Park in the sub­urb of Balmoral for re­pairs in 2014.

Its sculp­tor John Rad­ford had to reat­tach the small house to its bronze base af­ter it was found bro­ken with its roof ripped off.

‘‘Some mys­te­ri­ous force knocked it side­ways and ripped it off its foun­da­tions and left it it placed on the grass a me­tre away,’’ he says.

‘‘Luck­ily what­ever mys­te­ri­ous force it was did not take it away.’’

The 9.5cm high bronze sculp­ture is now ro­bust and solidly at­tached, Rad­ford says.

How­ever it still re­quires a num­ber of re­pairs be­fore it is com­pleted.

The sculp­ture needs a new coat of patina and an elec­tri­cian to en­sure its in­te­rior light­ing is run­ning again.

‘‘It’s in­te­rior light­ing will be like never be­fore so when you walk past at night you will see some­one is home,’’ Rad­ford says.

The sculp­ture was com­mis­sioned by the Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board and was un­veiled in 2007. It is based on bay vil­las around New Zealand in the 1900s.

Board chair­per­son Peter Haynes says the re­turn of the ‘‘wee villa home’’ is just in time for the up­grade of Pot­ters Park which be­gins next month.

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