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Wellington Waterfront (Ngā Kina Sculpture)

New Zealand / The Pacific

The Nga Kina Sculpture has stood on Wellington’s Waterfront since 2012. It acknowledges the history and physical geography of the area including the Kumutoto stream which flowed from Woodward Street to the sea. It also provides something of an artistic bookend of the stream when coupled with Kendra Parker’s Kumutoto Stream Soundscape, stop 16 on the Commonwealth Walkway. The giant kina consists of nine shells in two different sizes, the larger ones weighing over seven tons. They rest on stone rip-rap (fibre glass reinforced concrete), which disappears under water at high tide. It is a reference to a midden, a shell mound that may have existed on the Kumutoto Pa, providing a strong and conscious link to the Mana Whenua (local Maori) of Wellington.It was sculpted by Michael Tuffery (b. 1966), a well-known artist and sculptor who lives in Wellington and has worked nationally and internationally. It is impressive by day, and more so when illuminated at night.

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