Saturday, June 30, 2007

City to Sea Bridge ... #40

The eye-catching city to sea bridge is, as the name suggests, the link between the heart of the Civic Square and the nearby waterfront of Lambton Harbour. Architecturally designed, the construction tells stories about the creation of Whanganui–ā–Tara (Wellington harbour) and Māui with many of the figures (wonderfully crafted with Maori carving and artwork) on the bridge relating to Māori stories about the sea, arrival and navigation. Large timber sculptures by Maori artist Para Matchitt evoke ideas and stories of the sea, the land, navigation and arrival. On the north side of the bridge, two huge timber whales lie tail to tail to form an unusual safety barrier. Carved timber birds perform a similar duty on the south side.
Two Writer's Walk sculptures are on the walk towards the bridge; one on the grassy knoll to the left the other on the concrete face before climbing up to the bridge. Another sculpture lies at the top of the steps.
The area provides a nice view of the harbour and hills,and is a good place to go to eat lunch and watch the sea. The bridge links the city to the sea both literally and figuratively


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