The sculpture that flew

Last Updated : 26 Sep 2016
Genoa: The sculpture that flew

Genoa by Dunedin sculptor Peter Nicholls is now in place at its new site – Te Puia O Maungarei Springs Reserve, Stonefields.

A helicopter was used to move the 360kg work on to an island, where it can be admired by walkers in the reserve.

The piece was donated to Auckland Council by the late Dr Rodney Wilson in 2012, a year before his death.

During his lifetime, Dr Wilson made a significant contribution to the artistic and cultural life of Auckland as director of Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland War Memorial Museum and New Zealand Maritime Museum.

“My late husband Rodney and I gifted it to the city council to be used as a public artwork in Stonefields – preferably – because we wanted to try and get some momentum for public art here,” says Maureen Wilson. 

It’s a great example of how a gift by private donors has enhanced the region’s collection and brought public art to a new residential area.  

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