The latest piece in the jigsaw that is the Lake Road upgrade is now in place with the installation of a sculpture that also marks the latest stage in Auckland’s public art programme.
Whakaparirau, to equip with wings – a 5.5-metre tall stainless steel impression of flying birds – now proudly stands at the corner of Lake and Hauraki roads within a “pocket park” created as part of the Jutland to Esmonde roads phase of upgrading the busy arterial route.
Auckland Council’s Public Art Manager, Carole Anne Meehan, says the sculpture, by artist James Wright, is the second significant public art project in the area following the unveiling of Jeff Thomson’s Pupuke To The Sea in Milford last year.
“The dramatic work can be seen by vehicles travelling along busy Lake Road and will draw pedestrians and cyclists into the park for a closer look and a breather,” she said.
The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board has championed the pocket park and its artistic addition as part of an integrated project involving the council’s parks, property, transport and public art teams.
Acting Chairman Kevin Schwass praised the teams involved and artist James Wright who was commissioned to produce the work last year.
”We’re pleased to see the finishing touches to the park and are sure the community will appreciate the hard work of a lot of talented people,” he said.