That’s quite a nice way to say “go away” to the media. Â Lauren Priestly reports
State tenants slamming a $1.5 million sculpture proposed for Queens Wharf say it’s ironic and offensive.
The artwork designed by Michael Parekowhai is a model of a state house with a $700,000 hand-blown Venetian glass chandelier inside.
It’s two-thirds of the size of a state house and early design images leaked to media are drawing serious criticism.
Leading the charge are state house tenants under threat of eviction as Housing New Zealand sells off some of its stock. The extravagant work was commissioned after a $1 m donation from Barfoot & Thompson in 2013. A further $500,000 is needed from Auckland Council to make up the shortfall.
Westmere state tenant and artist Gael Baldock said the sculpture is in “very bad taste”.
The cost of the chandelier alone could help build two new state houses, she said.
“With the amount of homeless we have, particularly in Auckland now, the whole thing is insulting.”
Glen Innes state tenant Sue Henry said the idea is appalling.
The Housing New Zealand Northern Glen Innes redevelopment project is in full-force in her suburb, moving 156 tenants and families out in the process.
“It’s almost like a trophy for developers and real estate agents that they’ve got rid of the state houses, that’s the way I see it.”
Councillor Mike Lee says the sculpture is not in keeping with the maritime elements and history of Queens Wharf.
He said the council should scrap the project or move it elsewhere.
It would actually be more sensible to build a real house, don’t you think? Â Move it? Â Not in keeping with maritime elements?
This from the Auckland Council that has money for opera, arts, but not the Rescue Helicopter Trust.
It makes me sick to the stomach to think these people have totally forgotten this money has been slaved over by the rate payers, and in their care to diligently spend it on our behalf.
Nooooo, it’s the wrongÂ location for a pretend state house with a $700,000 hand-blown Venetian chandelier.
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