Ki­wiRiders sculp­ture now in­stalled

Kapiti News - - News - David Hax­ton

The Ki­wiRiders sculp­ture is now proudly on dis­play on a grass berm on the cor­ner of Marine Pa­rade and Kapiti Rd, Para­pa­raumu Beach.

The sculp­ture, made of stain­less steel un­der bronze cast­ing fea­tur­ing two chil­dren rid­ing a stylised kiwi, was un­veiled on Thurs­day.

Ka¯ piti mayor K Gu­runathan noted there had been some con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the art­work “but in pub­lic art a lot of the time there’s con­tro­versy”.

“What it does is height­ens the com­mu­nity’s aware­ness of what pub­lic art is all about.

“This has en­gaged peo­ple’s minds about what art is.”

He said the sculp­ture was “in­spi­ra­tional” and “a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for the com­mu­nity and I wish ev­ery­one can en­joy it”.

There was also an op­por­tu­nity to raise money so the sculp­ture was on per­ma­nent dis­play, he said.

Para­pa­raumu Rau­mati Com­mu­nity Board chair­man Jonny Best said, “We look for­ward to more pub­lic art in this area.”

In May 2014 Bee DoughtyPratt, from Scape Sculp­ture Park in O¯ taki, on be­half of the artist Will Cli­jsen, in­vited the coun­cil’s Pub­lic Art Panel to buy the sculp­ture for $42,500 but the of­fer was de­clined.

In Jan­uary this year DoughtyPratt con­tacted Mr Gu­runathan and of­fered the sculp­ture to the coun­cil as a free loan, for in­stal­la­tion on a long-term tem­po­rary ba­sis not less than one year.

The sculp­ture, made of stain­less steel un­der bronze cast­ing, has been looked af­ter by the coun­cil, be­cause the sculp­ture park prop­erty had been sold, while the free loan of­fer was dis­cussed.

Para­pa­raumu Rau­mati Com­mu­nity Board backed the loan of­fer but coun­cil’s Pub­lic Art Panel didn’t, stat­ing the sculp­ture didn’t meet the cri­te­ria es­tab­lished in the Pub­lic Art Pol­icy, didn’t of­fer any­thing of spe­cial note to Ka¯ piti, didn’t have a sen­si­tive con­nec­tion to the en­vi­ron­ment and wasn’t con­vinced of its over­all qual­ity.

But the loan deal was sealed when coun­cil’s op­er­a­tions and fi­nance com­mit­tee backed the sculp­ture’s in­stal­la­tion.

Ki­wiRiders was the re­cip­i­ent of the 2011 Gold NZ Sculp­ture De­sign Award.

■ Check out a video of the sculp­ture on the web­site www.kapitinews.co.nz

PHOTO / DAVID HAX­TON

Para­pa­raumu Rau­mati Com­mu­nity Board mem­bers with the Ki­wiRiders sculp­ture, from left, Kathy Spiers, Guy Burns, Jonny Best and Bernie Ran­dall.

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