Public Art : Waitukei sculpture
Sculptor : © Lyonel Grant
Description : The Waitukei sculpture is made up of
two bronzes, one representing the female, the other male. If you walk around to the back of the "male" sculpture
you will find some interesting engravings and quotes etched into his cloak. Including Checkers - Cabaret of the
Bay, Rotorua's sophisticated teen "scene" advert.
Date Unveiled : The Waitukei sculpture was unveiled
in June, 2001 to mark the new millennium.
Location : The Waitukei sculpture is located in
Government Gardens alongside the Bath House (now museum) in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Funded : The sculpture was commissioned by the
Rotorua District Council and the Charitable Trust Board to commemorate the passing and beginnning of a century.
Sign next to sculpture:
This bronze sculpture was unveiled in June 2001 to mark the new millennium. Supported by the Millennium
Trust and Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, 'Waitukei' was created by Rotorua artist and master carver
Lyonel Grant. His inspiration for the sculpture was the people of this area and the rich melding of
Maori and European cultures. It was crafted from bronze over a two year period and depicts two symbolic
figures, one male, one female.