Orewa sculpture goes through final paces

Airborne, top, is the most likely sculpture for Moana Reserve with Fleet, the second choice.

The public has spoken and it looks likely that the metal sculpture featuring a seagull and running child will go up on Moana Reserve by Orewa Beach.

A total of 180 people provided feedback on five designs, which are all made of stainless steel and created by artists Philipp Ripa of Wainui and John Mulholland of Warkworth to replace the fountain on Moana Reserve.

A total of 44 percent (79 votes) were for Airborne, and the next most popular was Fleet, with 24 percent (43 votes).

Auckland Council staff are now working with the artists to ensure that Airborne can be made sufficiently robust to be erected in a public space.

If that is not possible, the second option, Fleet, will go through a similar detailed analysis.

A budget of $160,000 has been allocated by the local board for the project.

The Hibiscus & Bays Local Board has requested that the sculpture be installed as soon as possible, preferably before the peak summer season.


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