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"Time for Thoughts: Solace in the Wind by Max Patté" Top 5 Page for this destination Waterfront Tip by Kakapo2

Waterfront, Wellington: 23 reviews and 46 photos

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This spectacular two-metre high iron sculpture near Te Papa, a naked man with eyes closed and arms held back, leaning over Wellington Harbour as if in a roaring gale, has – as I write – only been a loan to the city for a year.

It was installed on 13 February 2008 – and already had to be removed a month later from its Taranaki Street Wharf location because vandals forced it from a nearly vertical position to a 60-degree angle over the water. It was due back after Easter. A new mounting had to be built.

When we were there some days earlier the sculpture was in good order, just displaying a tie around the neck, swimming goggles around the head, and an artificial rose in one hand...

The sculpture was made by the English artist Max Patté who works (worked – whenever you read this) mainly as a sculptor for Oscar winner Richard Taylor at Weta Workshops. The spot on which the naked man stands (stood) was of great significance to Max Patté as it was a place he visited often during a period of loss and grief. To him, it was somewhere to go and reflect upon life, and a place of solace.

Photo 2 is a portrait.

Directions: Beside Te Papa, right above the harbour.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 15, 2008
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