In­credi-bull me­chan­i­cal beast

Piako Post - - FRONT PAGE - LAWRENCE GULLERY

It stands at 2.8m tall, weighs 1.9 tonnes, fea­tures a gear­box in one arm, a lawn­mower engine in the other and two vases as gi­ant tes­ti­cles.

The trans­former-style Waikato-made bull has been turn­ing heads since its cre­ator, artist Adrian Wors­ley, put the fin­ish­ing touches on the mam- moth struc­ture ear­lier this year.

The Te Aroha man was com­mis­sioned by Tay­lor Cor­po­ra­tion, an ap­ple grow­ing, pack­ing and ex­port­ing com­pany, to make the gi­ant bull which will soon sit out­side the com­pany’s head­quar­ters in Napier.

Wors­ley says the client wanted some­thing sim­i­lar to theWall Street Bull in New York.

The Waikato ver­sion has an ag­gres­sive stance, to rep­re­sent power and strength, Wors­ley says.

The bull took six months to plan and a fur­ther 12 months to con­struct.

Scrap metal and car parts were sourced from Wors­ley’s own stock­pile at his stu­dio, which joins his work­shop prop­erty on Rewi St.

The work­shop it­self is im­mac­u­late. His col­lec­tion of metal objects, rang­ing from type­writ­ers, signs, nuts, bolts, mo­tors, springs, span­ners, num­ber plates and more, is metic­u­lously or­dered into sec­tions.

That’s just the way he likes to work. He ad­mits he has a slight ‘‘OCD’’ ten­dency but it’s about hav­ing things in or­der, so he knows ex­actly where in the work­shop to go to re­trieve a par­tic­u­lar part.

He doesn’t usu­ally in­clude car parts in his work but the client col­lects cars and he thought it would be a good touch.

Tay­lor Cor­po­ra­tion’s name and logo were also worked into right shoul­der of the bull. Names of other ma­chin­ery and num­ber plates could also be seen.

KELLY HODEL/STUFF

Artist Adrian Wors­ley’s bull has been on tour around the Waikato and Auck­land. WATCH THE VIDEO: Visit the Pi­ako Post Neigh­bourly.co.nz page to watch a video of Adrian Wors­ley speak­ing about his me­chan­i­cal cre­ation.

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