3D re­stores his­toric foun­tain

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IN­NO­VA­TIVE 3D PRINT­ING tech­nol­ogy along­side archived images from the 1970s, were used to help Ci­ty­care re­store Christchurch’s his­toric Sun­ny­side foun­tain to its for­mer glory.

The foun­tain was cre­ated as a fea­ture in the hos­pi­tal grounds more than 150 years ago. It is lo­cated in what’s now the Sun­ny­side Her­itage Gar­den on An­nex Road – the only re­main­ing part of the once vast com­plex of 19th cen­tury build­ings and grounds that com­prised Sun­ny­side Hos­pi­tal, Christchurch’s first men­tal health fa­cil­ity.

Van­dal­ism and the theft of its valu­able brass fit­tings left the foun­tain in a state of demise for nearly 10 years.

Ci­ty­care’s prop­erty team, led by Ci­ty­care Prop­erty Su­per­vi­sor Doug Peek, was charged with re­pair and restora­tion – a chal­leng­ing task us­ing only his­tor­i­cal images as a guide.

“We didn’t have any­thing in the way of an orig­i­nal tem­plate or de­sign, just some grainy pho­tos de­pict­ing what the foun­tain used to look like,” says Peek.

“It was dif­fi­cult to recre­ate the miss­ing finial and noz­zle due to the qual­ity of the pho­tos and the al­gae cov­er­ing what re­mained.”

TWP De­sign, a Christchurch-based pro­to­type and prod­uct devel­op­ment firm run by Doug’s sons Wade and Travis Peek, was con­tacted for its 3D print­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Pro­to­types of the foun­tain’s miss­ing noz­zle and or­na­men­tal finial were 3D printed us­ing mea­sure­ments cal­cu­lated from the pho­tos and ex­ist­ing struc­ture. The pro­to­types were as­sessed for fit and au­then­tic­ity, be­fore the fi­nal prod­uct was man­u­fac­tured and then fit­ted to the foun­tain.

Ci­ty­care main­tains and keeps the foun­tain clean, as part of its wa­ter fea­ture main­te­nance con­tract.

“The re­ju­ve­nated foun­tain has been met with ap­pre­ci­a­tion with many pos­i­tive com­ments from mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who spoke to the team whilst ren­o­va­tions were un­der­way. One lady men­tioned that she has lived in the area for about 10 years, and she had al­ways wanted to see the foun­tain re­stored and run­ning so that she could sit and en­joy it and the am­bi­ence of the gar­dens. My team and I are thrilled to be part of its restora­tion, us­ing in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy to achieve a task that for many years was left unat­tended, pos­si­bly due to the chal­lenge it pre­sented,” con­cludes Peek.

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