Zephyrometer Takes a Well-earned Break

19 February 2014

Designed by sculptor Phil Price, the Zephyrometer at the corner of Evans Bay Parade and Cobham Drive was presented to the city in 2003 by Meridian Energy with the assistance of the Wellington City Council and is part of the Meridian Wind Sculpture Walk.

The Zephryometer beneath the sky as the sun sets.

The Zephyrometer by sculptor Phil Price going in the service

After 10 years at the exposed coastal site, the elegant kinetic sculpture that sways in response to wind speed and direction is in need of some care and attention.

“The Wellington environment can be very harsh,” says City Arts Manager, Natasha Petkovic-Jeremic, “the Zephyrometer has been exposed to the wind and salt air for a number of years so it’s certainly due for some maintenance. We know how much people enjoy this sculpture, so we’ll be doing our best to get it back up and swinging in time for those chilly winter months.” 

 A regular assessment in early 2013 found the Zephyrometer’s movement wanting, and it’s likely some bearings will need replacing. The giant orange needle and concrete structure in which it sits will be repainted and repaired on site, while the mechanics will be shipped to Price’s workshop in Christchurch for an inspection on maintenance.

Scaffolding and fencing will be going up from 24–28 February, with crane work – to take the needle down – taking place around 5 March. Depending on weather conditions, the sculpture will be down for up to 6 weeks.

For more details please contact: (04) 499 4444 or email: info@wcc.co.nz