Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Getting the blues

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Bill Culbert's 'SkyBlues' sculptureIf the sudden onset of autumnal greyness has been getting you down, then you might take some small consolation in the fact that from tonight, there will be a little more blue in the Wellington sky. As I surmised earlier, the roadworks in Post Office Square were preparations for the installation of Bill Culbert's light sculpture SkyBlues, and it's being officially launched at 6:30 tonight. It has a certain spindly, steely elegance even in daylight, but it should be truly spectacular at night: expect local Flickr-ites to converge on its glowing blue spirals.

One of the nice things about the siting of the sculpture is that it's visible from both Queens Wharf and Lambton Quay, creating exactly the sort of indirect visual link between city and waterfront that Jan Gehl recommended (204kB PDF). Grey St already has a nice blue illuminated water feature at its intersection with Lambton Quay, so the visual echo between SkyBlues and this feature should help signpost the way to the water.


At 9:35 am, March 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have not seen it yet, but one person 'from that end of town' has described it as 'pubic hair on toothpicks'. That kind of imagery is a little surreal on that scale to say the least.

However, I applaud another addition to Wellington's urban art collection, and am looking forward to seeing it myself.

At 11:17 am, March 22, 2006, Blogger Hadyn said...

"Pubic Hair on Toothpicks" would have made a great title too!


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