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Thursday, July 5, 2007
Spinning Top ... #45
This photo is taken from outside Beaujolais Wine bar looking towards Nest .. the homewear store
Dimensions: H 3.5m x D 2.9m
Sculptor: Robert Jahnke
Location: Woodward Street
Materials: Stainless Steel
Date of installation: 2002
Commissioned with funding from the Jack and Emma Griffin Charitable Trust and assistance from the Wellington City Council. Robert Jahnke had been working on a series of Maori spinning tops or potaka and decided to modify the design to include a pictorial history of Wellington.
"I wanted to go for something that was visually interesting, so I created a European version of the top and included Maori references through heiroglyphics. "
Spinning Top traces the history of Whanganui-a-Tara, the Maori name for Wellington. The major mythical story is that of the two taniwha in the harbour. The taniwha formed the harbour and the surrounding hills with their movements.
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