A Wellington favourite, Max Patte's Solace of the Wind
(2008) leans north into the harbour's harsh gales while displaying its own inner tranquility.
"This city and its elements have been the inspiration for this work [...] the location where the sculpture will reside [...] is significant for me. It represents a time and place where I have felt so much. Wellington is truly a unique place to live."
The artist, Max Patte was a sculptor at Weta Workshop, and originally loaned the sculpture to the city for a year in the hopes of finding a patron.
There was a sibling sculpture of Solace in the Wind called Reflection located further around the waterfront next to the overbridge leading to Chaffers Park. Reflection was also lent to Wellington Waterfront Ltd. When the loan period's time was up, Patte offered it as a gift to the city – and the city declined. Ian Pike of Wellington Waterfront Ltd told the Capital Times:
"The essence of that is having an eclectic collection of artwork on the waterfront; we saw having something in very similar form and style within 500m of Solace as not desirable. We don’t have two of anything on the waterfront."
This shot was taken right before i went into Te Papa Museum.
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Noel_Byrne (24856) 2013-01-13 6:23
Your composition is superb, it almost looks as if the sculpture is squaring up to the modern tower to the right. It is a fantastic statue, and the meaning behind it is unique and beautifully thought out. I have to say, I find the face of the sculpture a little ugly, but it does carry the sense of calm that you mention in your note. Who could possible turn down the gift of such a unique piece of work? Thanks as always for the great note,
All the best
Kamilutka (8095) 2013-03-09 8:22
this is quite interesting statute and well placed in the whole photo. Nice composition and well balanced proportiones. Good natural colors.
Thanks for sharing
- Copyright: Chian Sing Lai (kim_gwan) (418)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-11-17
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Sony DSC-V1, SAL 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6, SDHC 8G, Hoya HMC UV Multicoated 55mm
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-13 0:37