Wind Tree

On February 8, 2013 by Eye on Auckland

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The Wind Tree @ Wynyard Quarter.

Wind Tree is one of five artworks produced as a result of the Auckland International Sculpture Symposium held in Auckland in September 1971 and was first installed in Queen Elizabeth Square in 1977. It was removed in 2002 to make way for new landscape elements as part of the redevelopment of the Britomart rail station and square upgrade. Wind Tree is made from stainless steel, is approximately 22m long, 5m wide and 5.5m high. The trusses are designed to swing in the wind, hence the artworks title. Michio Ihara was born in 1928 and graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts in 1953 and continues make and exhibit his art. He is now a citizen of the United States and lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

Enjoy this lovely video produced by Waterfront Auckland:

One Response to “Wind Tree”

  • GrahamC

    The QE2 Square did this sculpture no justice, the new location is much better. My son loves playing in the reflecting pool and I love seeing the smile on is face. Good move Auckland.

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