Exciting new look accessories for Square
19 December 2007
The greening of the Square continues with the arrival of six moveable planters designed by world-renowned sculptor Neil Dawson.
Mike Theelen, Council’s General Manager of Strategy and Planning says that the City Council has commissioned the planters so help ‘green up’ the Square.
“Christchurch residents have said they want more green space in the Square and want it to be vibrant and to have more events. The moveable planters will help achieve this by giving us the flexibility to use the Square in more creative ways through defining spaces.
“The planters will also provide shade in the summer and shelter in the winter,” says Mr Theelen. “There is also the possibility of varying the planting.’’
Neil Dawson, creator of the planters says “At a symbolic level this concept responds to the context of the Square with reference to the rose window in the cathedral. Representation of natural features into the design features water, waves, mountains and the horizon. At a structural level the unique shape will help create a distinct urban identity or feature for Christchurch,” he says.
Neil Dawson also created the Chalice in the Square.
Planting of the six moveable planters is expected to be completed by midday tomorrow (Friday December 14)
Mike Theelen, General Manager, Hugh Nicholson, Principal Advisor Urban Design, Christchurch City Council and Neil Dawson will be available for interviews.
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