Statues and Sculptures to Visit in Wellington

Statues and Sculptures to Visit in Wellington

Lively and artistic, Wellington is probably the world’s “coolest little capital”. Top class restaurants, an energetic night life, craft beer revolution, a globally acknowledged coffee culture, national museums and art galleries and the world’s most innovative representation of sculptures and statues are some of the many wonderful things about the city of Wellington. Wellington is the perfect blend of sophistication belonging to a capital city and the warmth and tranquillity of a small town. It is a compact city with a lot to offer – art galleries, boutiques, cafés, a network of walking and biking trails and excellent wineries and vineyards within an hour’s drives.

Wellington Cityscape

What is unique about Wellington is its interesting representation of unconventional art in the form of public sculptures and statues throughout the city.

Over 100 such manifestations of art adorn the city of Wellington. It does not take an artist to appreciate these sculptures that drive up enthusiasm among the old and the young alike. Here is a list of top most highly commended sculptures in the city of Wellington.

The Beehive

The Beehive also called the Executive Wing is an official building located next to the Parliament. The building is (quite obviously) shaped like a Beehive and has been subjected to a lot of positive and negative criticism in the past.

The Solace of the Wind

The Solace of the Wind by Max Patte is a hot favourite of Wellington. Patte claims that the unique nature of the city inspired him to create the sculpture. The sculpture is found leaning into the harbour on the north-east side of Te Papa.

The Raumoko

This collaborative piece of artwork from Hotere and McFarlane looks more like the ruins of an earthquake. The sculpture was erected in 1998 close to the Lambton Quay. Raumoko is one of the most popular sculptures in Wellington.

The Sting Ray and the Kina

Located in the middle of the main area on Oriental Bay Beach, is the bronze cast sculpture of the Stingray and the Kina. This interesting piece of art was built by Jonathan Campbell in the year 2007.

The Bucket Fountain

Originally called as the Water Mobile, this sculpture was erected in 1969 as a part of the Cuba Street pedestrian mall. With an admirable concept, innovative execution and the sporadic cascades of water that often misses the buckets sure draw the attention of the onlookers.

There are various city walks designed by the Wellington Sculpture Trust which pass by some of the important art exhibits displayed in the city. Some of them have been placed close to the coastal highway as well.

The coast from Wellington up to Houghton Bay is home to over 25 sculptures such as the Akau Tangi, Urban Forest, The Doo Doos, Moai and so on.

Useful Travel tips:

  • Once you learn the one-way systen of Wellington, self-drive is the best way of getting around.

  • Most sculptures have car parks located close to them.

  • Go for reliable car rentals, for example, Hertz Car Rentals which provides premium quality and safe service.

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