11 Mar 2009

Support for sculture due to end

8:58 am on 11 March 2009

Arts committee members at Auckland City Council are to vote on Wednesday on a recommendation to withdraw support for a $5 million sculpture that's been 10 years in the planning.

The 'Twister' has been described as a feat of creativity and was designed to tower 20 metres above a wharf extension at Halsey Street.

Council officers now say the neon-light sculpture has questionable design and construction quality.

Committee members will consider a recommendation to retract an earlier offer to pay for resource consent.

Public art manager Pontus Kyander says the area it was planned for a decade ago, is no longer suitable.

He says the work is designed to be seen from a distance and would have been crude up close.