ODT 25.2.10: DCC spends $45,000 on tooth sculptures
Dunedin City Council
Putting A Smile Into Harbour’s Head
Plans for the next Dunedin City Council Art in Public Places commission have been released, and harbourside visitors will soon have something to smile about.
Regan Gentry, a Wellington based artist, currently living in Rotterdam, is creating a larger than life sculpture titled ‘Harbour Mouth Molars’ which will feature six wisdom teeth constructed from concrete and Oamaru Stone. Each tooth will be roughly the size of an up-ended Austin mini car and be arranged in two opposing rows on the edge of the foreshore.
The installation, which is due to arrive on-site in April, will stand on the Kitchener Street Reserve at the head of the harbour.
Mr Gentry is well-known for his ‘Flour Power’ steel representation of a sheaf of wheat which stands at the intersection of Christchurch’s Colombo and High Streets, and ‘Green Islands’, the native tree look-alikes made from No.8 fencing wire which were recently relocated from the Four Plinths located outside Te Papa to their new permanent home in the Wellington Botanic Gardens.
Dunedin’s public art activity has been fairly static for a number of years and it is our intention to increase the opportunities for public art projects to enliven our city.
The commission uses part of the DCC’s Art In Public Places budget of $100,000 which is implemented over a two year cycle, and builds on the city’s previous commissioning policy including the 2008 installation of ‘Kuri/Dog’ by Stephen Mulqueen.
Contact DCC on 477 4000.
Post by Elizabeth Kerr
Disclaimer: Elizabeth Kerr is a former member of the DCC Art in Public Places Committee. She resigned from the committee to avoid any potential conflict of interest associated with her views on the stadium project.