The Fountain Dead
The Arts Festival is a time to showcase the best of Wellington to scores of influential visitors. So why is one of our most iconic public artworks, The Bucket Fountain, currently looking sad, lifeless and encrusted with grime?
For information on the origins of the fountain, read the history page at Boost Media's bucketfountain.co.nz (the screensaver's not bad, either). Unsurprisingly, there are dozens of Bucket Fountain photos on Flickr; surprisingly, it doesn't have a page on Wikipedia.
Update: maybe it's going to be transplasticized. Today's Dominion Post says that the mystery target is "one of central Wellington's popular landmarks" and adds that it's in Cuba Mall. The Bucket Fountain is pretty much the only thing that meets these criteria, unless you count Blanket Man of course.
Updated update: yes, it's the transplasticization. It all happened last night (the 29th of March), so if you're curious, get down and have a look before Sunday's forecast rain arrives.