Roundabout route to sculpture
Residents excited about final design for Ranui artwork
The design of a sculpture that will welcome visitors and residents to Ranui got an official blessing recently, and artist Kerry Scott will start on the piece soon.
The Pukerua Bay artist has been working with the suburb’s residents’ association for some time and the five-metre sculpture has involved plenty of ‘‘back and forth’’, she says.
Flax and birds dominate the finished design, which will be placed on the roundabout in front of the fire station. It may be backlit at night. ‘‘I’ll finish my part and then the engineers will take over, I’m looking forward to seeing it eventually go up,’’ Ms Scott says.
Residents’ association chairperson Cheryl Brown says the blessing at Pataka on August 18 from Ngati Toa kaumatua Taku Parai was special, symbolising the Ranui community’s consent for Ms Scott’s work.
‘‘It represents the green heart of Ranui with the flax and the birds flying off, and sunshine.
‘‘ We’re really happy. There’s been plenty of talking and some confusion to get to this point but that’s all been ironed out, now we can celebrate a real beginning.’’
Ms Scott will soon begin work on the sculpture, with Ms Brown hopeful it can be installed early in the new year.
The sculpture is largely funded by Mana Community Grants to the tune of $8000, with Porirua City Council assisting with installation and lighting.
Design approval: Karen Upton, Ottalie Holme, Cheryl Brown, artist Kerry Scott and Alison Kurukaanga check out Ms Scott’s sculpture design at Pataka on August 18.
Green heart: Ms Scott came up with three designs for the Ranui roundabout but this one won out. Photos: Supplied.