Bucket Fountain & Cuba Mall 50 year anniversary

Wellington’s iconic Bucket Fountain and Cuba Mall turned 50.

Banner for Cuba Mall 50 anniversary

Originally named the “water mobile”, this playful kinetic sculpture has been splashing delighted passers-by since 1969, when it was created by Burren and Keen, and Graham Allardice as part of the Cuba Mall development.

Since then the sculpture has featured in music videos and television shows, been decorated with flowers, filled with fake blood, lost and recovered a number of buckets, and been climbed by Frodo Baggins.

To celebrate this momentous anniversary, we’re planning some fun activities online and around the neighbourhood.

Council’s City Archives has been rummaging around their treasure trove for some highlights from the era, including images and plans for the area, which we’ll be incorporating into the festivities.

There’ll be flags along Cuba Mall, images on screens, and the local businesses are joining the party by dressing their stores and getting their groove on.

There’ll be lots of online activity including archival images, videos, competitions and prizes – so keep an eye on our social media channels (below).