1 Jul 2018

Ferns and why we need a public art registry - Sue Elliot

From Standing Room Only, 12:16 pm on 1 July 2018

This week Ferns - a giant aluminium ball by Neil Dawson that became something of a visual icon for Wellington City - was re-suspended midair above Wellington's Civic Square. Its back after three years away having back then been judged unsafe due to due to structural problems.

Other public sculpture is not so lucky. Left to crumble, forgotten in some corner of the city or, worst still, languishing in some council depot or, heaven forbid destroyed. Two years ago Radio New Zealand covered calls for a public art register to keep track of our public art but - like the re-instalment of Neil Dawson's Ferns - work on this has been slow. Now its picking up a head of steam. Mark Amery spoke to Sue Elliot, chair of the Wellington Sculpture Trust.

 On July 14 people can join Sue on a walking tour of two E Mervyn Taylor murals in Masterton. Details here.

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