Incredi-bull mechanical beast
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.
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.