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One of New Zealand’s largest sculptures is broken


One of the largest sculptures in New Zealand is broken and wishes a $7000 overhaul to exchange lots of of worn out nuts and bolts.

A joint has failed on the 25-metre-high Fanfare sculpture in Christchurch, leaving a metallic strut swaying within the breeze simply metres from a busy motorway.

Christchurch City Council officers mentioned the broken joint was not a risk to public security, however each nut and bolt holding the sculpture’s 360 wind-powered followers in place wanted to get replaced.

Another joint on the sculpture failed in March final yr, prompting council to put in non permanent fencing across the base as a security precaution.

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The 25-tonne gateway sculpture on Christchurch’s Northern Motorway was put in in 2015. The paintings was initially created by New Zealand artist Neil Dawson for the 2004 New Year celebrations in Sydney, the place it was suspended from the harbour bridge.


Fanfare on Christchurch’s northern motorway is lit up at night time

The sculpture was gifted to Christchurch from Sydney in 2007. The $1.3 million improve and set up prices had been coated by crowdfunding, company donations, a $350,000 council grant and a Canterbury Community Trust grant.

Council backyard parks and Botanic Gardens director Wolfgang Bopp mentioned restore work would begin quickly.

“Following investigations and given the age of Fanfare – it is now more than 16 years old – and its exposure to the elements, we have decided to replace all the nuts and bolts that hold the fans in place,’’ he said.


A metal strut sways in the breeze on the 25-metre high sculpture.

“This work will take place shortly, once ground conditions have improved enough to allow the necessary machinery to get on site.

The repair and maintenance work was expected to cost the council between $5000 and $7000.

Dawson, who also created the Chalice sculpture in Cathedral Square, said the problem was being dealt with by council engineers.

“This has been ongoing for a couple of years,” he mentioned.


The Fanfare sculpture has been behind non permanent fencing for over a yr as a result of joints have failed.

The sculpture encompasses a collection of 1.5 metre-wide followers on a spherical metallic grid. The metallic followers flip within the wind and mirror the color of the sky.

At a blessing for the sculpture in 2015, Dawson described it easy phrases.

“It is basically just a ball with some propellers on it,” he mentioned.

“It responds to its environment in the wind and the sun. Every time someone looks at it from the road, it means something.”

In 2015, Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel mentioned the sculpture would act as a gateway to town.

“Fanfare will always be a symbol of the regeneration of our city and the rebirth of our arts scene,” she mentioned.

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