I thought nothing could beat a $1m state house sculpture, I was wrong

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Finally a council has outdone Auckland Council on stupid sculptures.

If you thought $1m for a fake state house on Auckland waterfront was bad look at what has been inflicted on Hamilton.

For a few minutes the rain held off and the grey clouds parted for people to see Hamilton’s newest central city art work.

The three-storey sculpture, Tongue of the Dog, created by artist Michael Parekowhai, was officially opened on Victoria Street on Tuesday evening.

The $700,000 sculpture was gifted to the city by Mesh Sculpture Hamilton, and funded by donations from more than 70 different donors.

Art enthusiasts, sponsors, donors, city councillors, and the public admired the sculpture which is set outside Waikato Museum.  

People ignored the rain, taking a good walk around the structure, processing the colourful artwork after setting eyes on it for the first time.

A talking point of the artwork is that it gives the impression of being constructed from giant-sized versions of Cuisenaire rods.

Deputy Chair and Treasurer of Mesh, Stuart Anderson, said there was a sense of relief, but also a sense of pride, to be able to present the artwork to the city.

“It feels great we’ve now got this incredible iconic sculpture. It’s vibrant, it’s colourful, and it contrasts really nicely with the older buildings around.”

He said the Hamilton now has something that tells a story, a story that needed to be told.

Yeah and that story of Hamilton is what precisely?

“I’m just staggered that people don’t know the legend of the Waikato River. I didn’t, until this came in front of us.”

The inspiration came from a Maori legend, retold inside the museum, which speaks about the creation of the Waikato River. It is a  tale of a servant dog who cuts a pathway for the healing waters of Tongariro to reach an ailing Taupiri.

The sculpture’s waterfall represents the tongue of this dog in the story.

Oh FFS. It looks like someone nicked all the Cuisenaire rods from the local schools and glued them all together.

 

-Fairfax


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