Round­about route to sculp­ture

Res­i­dents ex­cited about fi­nal de­sign for Ranui art­work

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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