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FIRST PHOTOS: Weta’s rugby sculpture moved into a temporary mid-city home

News from the Wellington City Council
The sculpture commissioned by the Wellington City Council for the city’s hosting of Rugby World Cup 2011, created by Richard Taylor’s Weta Workshop, has been craned into Jack Ilott Greent.

The sculpture’s temporary home on Jack Ilott Green, at the intersection of Jervois Quay and Harris Street, aims to promote RWC 2011 and its importance to Wellington as a major host city.

The scene portrayed by the sculpture symbolises Wellington’s geographical position where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet in Cook Strait, as well as a highly pivotal moment of any rugby game with players shown contesting a line-out.

Work was timed for late at night to cause minimal disruption to traffic. Following the installation, the site will be fenced while landscaping and related work takes place.

The formal ceremony to officially mark the completion of work on the site and acknowledge those who have contributed to this high-profile project will be held at 10am on Saturday 13 August. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Richard Taylor will attend.

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  1. Mark, 7. August 2011, 17:15

    Over $350k spent (amid cuts to other more pressing priorities) and now quietly hidden on the old Circa site. I have to agree with the survey results, now I’ve seen it in the flesh (or plaster?), it does look rather tacky in real life. Personally, it reminds me of a giant indoor sports trophy?

  2. Pauline, 7. August 2011, 17:52

    How much has it cost to prepare the temporary site and how much more will it cost to remove to a permanent site and where will that be?

  3. The City is Ours, 8. August 2011, 19:44

    Over-spending? What about the council’s “Why did the chicken cross the road” safety campaign with a budget of $70,000. After an extension, it crept up to $114.895.