Wellington public art

New Zealand’s capital is full of public art, often located by the waterfront, taking advantage of Wellington’s beautiful setting (on a nice day). Here are some of my favourites, starting with probably the most famous – Max Patte’s Solace in the Wind, 2007.

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A close second in terms of fame would be Cuba Street’s iconic Bucket Fountain designed by Burren and Keen, and installed in 1969.


A more upmarket fountain is Albatross, 1986 by Tanya Ashken.


There is plenty of Lord of the Rings / Hobbit related work at Wellington Airport (though it may not all be there during the airport redevelopment), along with a mighty troll protecting Weta Workshop out in Miramar.

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Neil Dawson’s Ferns, 1998 appears suspended in the middle of the Civic Centre Complex, close to Ian Athfield’s Nikau Palms, 1991.

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Heading toward the South Coast at the top of Tawatawa Reserve lies Glynn World’s Part Deux.


On the South Coast, before the Red Rocks Reserve, can be found Colin Webster-Watson’s Frenzy, 1975.


There’s a host of artwork close to the airport, including Lyall Bay’s Easter Island statue donated by a former Chilean president, Akau Tangiuses by Phil Dadson, Urban Forest, 2006 by Leon van den Eijkel, and Phil Price’s Zephyrometer, 2000.


A more traditional work, a Maori statue (Pou) can be found on the ridge of Mount Victoria.


Up in Lower Hutt outside te Dowse Gallery is Ronnie van Hout’s comic Fallen Robot.

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Finally it is debatable whether this is public art, but it certainly is fun…


If you’re interested in more take a look at my post on New Zealand public art.

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