$1.5m ‘house’ unveiled
An ’’ordinary house in Mt Eden’’ has been plonked on Auckland’s waterfront.
Workers have started unveiling renowned artist Michael Parekowhai’s controversial installation, The Lighthouse, on Queens Wharf. The Auckland Council-backed project resembles a 1950s home. It will be completed early to mid-February, ready for a ‘‘great public event for everybody to welcome the work to Auckland’’, the council’s arts and culture manager Kaye Glamuzina said.
Realty firm Barfoot & Thompson gifted $1 million for the creation of the artwork, while a further $500,000 has been gifted by donors who wish to remain anonymous, Glamuzina said.
Although people can’t enter the house, an external staircase will let them peer inside windows.
The project attracted criticism when it was granted resource consent in 2015, with many Aucklanders saying it was a bad look given the skyrocketing price of housing in the region. The council received 34 submissions on the project, including three opposed to the installation.
Glamuzina said public art always attracted a mixed response. ‘‘I would not expect every single person who sees this work to love it immediately. I do expect that people will have a reaction to it and feel something.’’