Largest public artwork in New Zealand being created in Tauranga.

By Te Kāea
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

A pā sculpture in Tauranga will become one of the largest public artworks on display in New Zealand.

The stylised sculpture will measure 130 meters and is one of two artworks called 'Bound Around' and is being installed alongside the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road so the large scale works can be seen from the road.

The artwork was created by renowned New Zealand artist Regan Gentry and funded by NZ Transport Agency through the TEL project, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Tauranga City Council.

Mr Gentry began work on the pā in February and expects to be finished installing it in early May.

The pā is made from roadside safety guard rails and repurposed wood from Tauranga’s Coronation Pier, while the spinifex is made from street lights.

The Transport Agency's senior project manager Wayne Troughton says the public artworks will help create a sense of place.

“These sculptures will help make the TEL a road to remember for travellers,” he says.

“The pā sculpture refers to the historic pā sites in the Papamoa Hills and the spinifex references the beach and the wind-blown coastal plant that is a feature of the Papamoa beachscape, which runs parallel to the TEL.”

The total cost of the sculpture project is around $200,000 including design, build and installation.