7 Jun 2009

Kerikeri water sculpture opens

8:15 pm on 7 June 2009

The new Kerikeri water sculpture has finally opened, more than 30 years after the project was first conceived.

The 11-metre tall sculpture is made primarily of boulders, stacked into five vertical columns and one horizontal pillar, and is intended to resemble a forest with one fallen tree.

A local sculptor Chris Booth came up with the design in 1978, but says it was delayed due to controversy in the community about the design and placement.

He says earlier this year it looked as though the sculpture would end up being erected in another city.

But work finally started in February to erect the sculpture in Kerikeri.