Someone “leaked” this to Bernard Orsman (Dirty Council?)
It’s a concept drawing of the artwork that Auckland Council are considering. ¬† Except, they must be planning to build it by using unicorn hair and fairy feathers, because the cost is other worldly…
Auckland Council announced plans for the sculpture in March last year, to be funded by a $1 million donation from Barfoot & Thompson, marking the company’s 90 years in business.
The documents show the cost of the sculpture – a “scaled version of a Mount Eden state house” by renowned artist Michael Parekowhai – had reached $1.9 million by May 2013.
With $800,000 budgeted for a crystal glass chandelier made in Venice to be enclosed within the house, the project came under review and the budget was scaled back to $1.5 million in July 2013.
Images of the sculpture have been shared with councillors but not the public, causing widespread criticism.
In February, Parekowhai told council public art manager Carole Anne Meehan he did not want early concept drawings and photos of a model to be “distributed publicly by anyone attending” a council meeting.
But several images were leaked to the Herald. They show a typical state house with external stairs leading to a platform offering multiple views of the chandelier filling the interior.
Seriously, wouldn’t Barfoot and Thompson putting $1M into an¬†actual house and perhaps allowing people to live in it for 12 months at a time on some sort of scholarship make more sense? ¬† I mean, it’s their own money, but good grief, what a stupid way to go about it.
The real problem is that the rate payer is going to get stung in the pocket too. Read more »