A new carved sculpture will soon be unveiled at Sanders Reserve in Pāremoremo.
The sculpture, which is a seat and children’s play object, is 5m long and 2m high.
It was created by artist Phil Bonham, who also made the mysterious Faraway Tree sculpture in the reserve. Like the tree sculpture, the seat is carved into macrocarpa and was created using a range of tools, including chainsaws, grinders and chisels.
Mr Bonham says his carved motifs relate to the life energy within the tree.
“I see it as a tree of life, replete with Manaia, birds, and nymph. It’s a seat to rest on and also a climbing object for children to explore.”
Upper Harbour Local Board recently resurfaced two of Sanders Reserve’s most popular tracks, along with the children’s cycle track.
Park signage will be improved and updated soon. Sanders Reserve spans 41ha and has 22km of mountain bike trails, including a 500m trail designed for children under 10.
There are also separate horse-riding and dog-walking areas, plenty of places to picnic and stunning views of the Waitematā Harbour.