The site for this 15 metre high sculpture tower commands a central and significant position on Auckland’s waterfront. It can be viewed unhindered from the main east/west waterfront pedestrian promenade and is silhouetted against the backdrop of Auckland Harbour.
Inspired by the ‘koru’ or the unfolding tree fern frond the sculpture consists of an ascending textured stainless steel stem and a ribbon of aluminium blocks that unravel and spiral up from the ground. The filigree of hollow blocks will be anodized in two or three similar tones of silvery white giving a variegated faceted appearance that will animate in the changing daylight and dissolve as if in a dance. The beauty of wind and sail together with the curling wave of the ‘koru’ are manifest in its composition.
Auckland, New Zealand, 2010
Collaboration with Shirazeh Houshiary