Tower returns to The Square
Easter 2014 was an auspicious one for the city’s public sculpture trust.
It installed its eighth piece of public sculpture, the 9.5m tall Ghost Tower by Pahiatua raised, Auckland-based artist Louise Purvis.
Within a week, the stainless steel mesh construction had been swatted by a 95kmh gust of wind and was badly damaged.
It has taken a great deal longer than the proverbial three days to make a comeback.
A report on the reasons for the collapse is still to be released, but the problem was with the connection between the base and the mesh tower.
Designed to sit lightly in its surroundings, the sculpture inspired by local landmarks was designed to move in and out of focus without blocking the the view of anything around it.
And for the last 15 months it has been pretty invisible.
Ghost Tower is the first work Louise has on public display in the city, an annual project that the city council and the public sculpture trust each contribute $50,000 to. There are two more sculptures to come. The next is by Massey University artist Robert Jahnke, and is likely to be erected diagonally opposite The Plaza entrance later in the year.