Phil Dadson's Akau Tangi
Phil Dadson’s Akau Tangi

Wellington in a windy city as you can see from these pictures taken as we drove towards Wellington Airport in late Spring (November). Several of the outdoor sculptures make an asset out of this ‘liability’ including Phil Dadson’s Akau Tangi which was installed on Cobham Drive, Wellington on 6 May 2010.

Meridian Wellington Wind Sculpture
Meridian Wellington Wind Sculpture

The poles vary in height from 6 to 8 meters (19-26 feet). Two stand in the sea at Evans Bay, six on the beach and the seaward side of Cobham Drive, and two on the landward side of the road, so the sculptures seem to march across your path.  The cones are also perforated in different ways so that as the wind whistles, each cone makes a different sound – a symphony of wind!

The poles, cones and most components are made from marine grade stainless steel for durability and the sculptures are very much in tune with the wind’s magic touch – the final surprise is that wind charges the lights within the cones so the sculptures are transformed, glowing at night.

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  1. Thomas Archer @PuppyNumber7

    March 26, 2014 at 1:36 am

    OH wow, how pawsome to hear and see the wind in those poles! Nan once got stuck on the Cobham Drive ‘cos of the wind. She was on her little motorbike, trying to leave the roundabout to go down Shelly Bay Road, but the wind was too strong and threatened to knock her over if she went in that direction. So she had to keep going ’round and ’round the roundabout ’til the wind eased a bit and she could turn *laughs* Lots of pals saw her – she got a big ribbing once she arrived at Shelly Bay airforce base! Also, another day, she was out on the pier at the Base and the wind blew her into the ocean! *more laughter*


  2. Maxwell, Faraday & Allie

    March 25, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Oh how COOL, we’d love to see them at night all lit up!
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