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Wind sculpture still swaying after removal of parts

Sep 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News

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FEATHERSTON’S  wind sculpture, an 8.5 metre yellow fibreglass construction inspired by the grasses of the Wairarapa, is now without some of its parts.

The public artwork, created by Konstantin Dimopoulos was installed late last year, and has had five of its rods taken out after a member of the public complained to the South Wairarapa District Council.

Council property and facilities officer Helen McNaught said the concerned citizen thought the fibreglass could injure passersby.

“The rods are fiberglass, so they were concerned about splinters coming out,” Ms McNaught said.

As a result of that complaint, the council inspected the rods, and, thinking there might be a “manufacturer’s flaw”, attempted to contact the artist, who is currently travelling overseas.

Last month, a second lot of the yellow poles were removed after someone reported them lying on the ground, making a total of 14 rods now removed.

Ms McNaught said the rods were now in storage awaiting consultation with the artist.

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Staff at the local library, near the sculpture, said they were “gobsmacked” and had not realised that any part of the sculpture was gone.

A Featherston library-goer said she had seen people pulling the rods down and hitting nearby parked cars with them.

Wairarapa police said the wind sculpture had come to their attention.

“We did have one recorded incident of the sculpture being interfered with,” Sergeant Kevin Basher said.

He said the sculpture appears “fairly robust” and the police believe it was nothing more than silly behaviour.

Ms McNaught said the council was hoping to get the sculpture back to its original state.

“We do intend to have it fixed and up to its full glory.”

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