Tower re­turns to The Square

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.

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