Park’s sculpture returns
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.