Hamilton’s newest sculpture will be unveiled and
presented to the city next Monday (9 December) at a public
event kicking off at 6.30pm at the sculpture’s new home
– Victoria on the River.

The contemporary sculpture is
the latest initiative of MESH Sculpture Hamilton, a
philanthropic arts group responsible for several public
artworks across the city including the vibrant Tongue of the
Dog sculpture at the south end of Victoria St.

The
sculpture to be unveiled next Monday is titled Te Tatau ki
Kirikiriroa which means ‘The Doorway to Hamilton’. It is
designed by internationally renowned artist Robert Jahnke,
Professor of Maaori Visual Arts at Massey
University.

Installation has been in progress over the
course of this week, settling the sculpture into its new
home at the top of the terraced area at Victoria on the
River.

Standing at approximately 4.5m high and 8m wide,
the sculpture is made of corten steel and will include
lights and mirrors, creating an infinity effect to draw
people in. It will be particularly striking at night, acting
as a kind of viewing aperture or portal across the river
towards Hamilton East.

Lance Vervoort, General Manager
Community at Hamilton City Council, says: “We are grateful
to MESH and the 50+ generous donors who have enabled this
stunning sculpture to become a reality, further enhancing
our newest, inner-city park.”

“Public art plays an
important role in our city’s culture and identity and has
the ability to transform a place of functionality into one
that inspires and challenges people to think
differently.

“As a Council, we’re proud to work with
such passionate and proactive supporters of public art to
bring artworks of this calibre to our city.”

MESH
chairwoman Nancy Caiger says: “This is the fourth work
gifted to the city of Hamilton by MESH and represents two
years of planning and fundraising.”

“The sculpture
speaks to the historical importance of the site, which was
once renowned for its fertile soil and referred to as Te
Kopu Mania O Kirikiriroa, which means ‘The smooth belly of
Kirikiriroa’.

“Our goal with this sculpture, as with
all the artworks we bring to Hamilton, is to connect with
each specific site, tell stories of our city and our history
and also look towards our future and help engage with the
diverse cultures that now represent Hamilton.”

MESH will
release a video in the coming weeks which tells the story
about the new artwork.

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