Temporary public art

Our Public Art fund supports these upcoming and current temporary public artworks.

Physical artwork made of multicoloured ceramic tiles dug into a grass lawn to create a channel.
Produced for Kate Newby’s exhibition YES TOMORROW at Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi (20 February – 30 May 2021) in partnership with the Te Whare Hēra, Massey University; Public Art Fund, Wellington City Council, and Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency. Photos: Ted Whitaker.

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Kate Newby
Until 31 October 2021

Artist Kate Newby has developed an outdoor sculpture for the park above the Terrace Tunnel as part of her solo exhibition YES TOMORROW exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi at Victoria University of Wellington.

The work includes almost 200 half-barrel fired and glazed clay tiles set in a mortar trench to form a line that runs down the mowed-grass slope from the Terrace towards the bush backing on to Salamanca Road. As is typical of her practice, Kate solicited the help of many to create the artwork. She conducted three ‘Touch Clay’ workshops at the Te Whare Hēra Artist Residency, which hosted her during her time in Wellington. For these, volunteers shaped sheets of damp clay over their thighs, waiting for them to dry, a process that took around two hours. The tiles were then fired and glazed using local kilns in Lower Hutt and Berhampore.

The resulting forms are each unique to the leg that gave shape to them, with several showing individual marks, symbols and even signatures added by their makers.

You can access the park:

  • via The Terrace (between nos 214 & 216)
  • via the path on Salamanca Road (between the tennis courts and no 101) 
  • down the drive to the right of Club Kelburn on Salamanca Road. Salamanca Road can be accessed either via the Hunter Building carpark or down Mount Street beside the student union building.
Artist Kedron Parker standing in Woodward Street pedestrian tunnel.
Artist Kedron Parker

Kumutoto Stream

Imagine Woodward Street, long ago before cement took over The Terrace. Artist Kedron Parker entices pedestrians to imagine the area in its natural state before urban development. A soundscape of bubbling water and native birdlife fills the Woodward Street pedestrian tunnel, evoking an experience of walking where the stream once ran. 

Installed seamlessly in the tunnel, the soundscape ran for an initially-planned 5 week period from February 2014, was continued due to overwhelmingly positive feedback, and is now a permanent installation of the city. 

When: Ongoing.

Previous projects

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Contact us

Eve Armstrong, Senior Arts Advisor

Mobile: 021 227 8207

Email: eve.armstrong@wcc.govt.nz