Untitled by David McLeod, 1983

untitled art sculpture palmerston north

This two-piece sculpture tells the story of how the Whanganui and Rangitikei rivers were named by Maori high priest, Hau, as he chased his unfaithful wife across the west coast of the North Island. The wall sculpture represents a river flowing from source to mouth, with six bronze markers symbolising Hau’s journey.

The free-standing sculpture in the forecourt continues the river theme, with the river waters coursing. The wall sculpture is cast terrazzo in black Takaka marble chip and cement veneer. The forecourt work, also made from marble, was carved in 78 blocks that were then pinned and cemented together.

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