Photography: Studio of Pacific Architecture

Kereru

Tawa Village
Wellington
New Zealand
2000

Kereru – a 10-metre high bronze and aluminium kinetic sculpture – is a site-specific public artwork designed for the redevelopment of Tawa Village. The sculpture establishes a metaphorical relationship between the community’s perceived spiritual and economic malaise and the demise of the local native forest and kereru bird population. The rotating wings of the Kereru sculpture are intended to evoke the presence of the bird, which, in turn, signals a rebirth of the tawa forest. The sculpture, therefore, is a symbol for the aspirations of new life and vitality in the village.