Waterview residents are in for an injection of world class art with internationally recognised New Zealand artist Judy Millar commissioned to produce a significant work for Heron Park.
The work is a long-time dream of the Albert-Eden Local Board, the Heron Park Advisory Group, and the Waterview community. An artwork was noted as important for the revitalisation of the park in a plan developed in 2001. Funded by the Auckland Council regional public art capital budget, this dream will now become a reality.
Albert-Eden Local Board member Margi Watson said the process was a great example of the board working with the community and Auckland Council for a great outcome.
“Heron Park is an outstanding park, but it’s unknown to most Aucklanders. This artwork will bring more colour, life and people into the park."
"The community has asked for an artwork for many years so to be able to come back to locals with Judy Millar on board is something that’s massively rewarding for the area and wider Auckland.”
Iconic Kiwi artist
West Auckland artist Judy Millar, who splits her time between Auckland and Berlin, is one of Aotearoa’s most successful artists and has represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale.
She’s proud to be working on a project so close to her neighbourhood.
"West Auckland has been part of my life for the last 30 years and I have driven past Heron Park on my daily commute for a large part of that. With views out to the Waitakere Ranges, and located on the intersection of historic Auckland through roads, it's a space with a lot going for it.
"I'm working to create something that will energise the park's border with Great North Road, draw attention to the park's vistas and invite locals to come and play."
Preliminary design will start next month, with an expected finished date of late 2018.