5 Apr 2013

Sculpture erected at new Wellington petrol station

9:45 am on 5 April 2013

A sculpture that commemorates Wellington's Waimapihi stream will be unveiled at the site of a new petrol station on Friday morning.

The two-metre high display is made from the bricks from a 140-year-old Victorian culvert, discovered when Z Energy began construction last September.

The culvert channels the Waimapihi stream, which runs underneath the inner city suburb of Te Aro.

Shells dating back 600 years have been uncovered from the stream suggesting the length of time Maori have lived there.

The Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust, who worked with Z on the design, say the site is significant for Wellingtonians and recaptures the magic of the stream.

An Academy Award nominee sculptor, Ra Vincent, designed the piece, made up of 500 bricks, and display boards detailing the history of the stream.