On the way to feed the ducks at the Dunedin Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Spedding (11) and her brother Caiden Spedding (5) walk past the spot where the city's latest contentious piece of public art is soon to be installed. Photo by Linda Robertson.
An extension to the Dunedin Botanic Garden's Clive Lister
Garden is well under way, and a hole has been left for a most
Botanic Garden team leader Alan Matchett said all of the
landscaping preparation, including drainage, had been
completed on the new extension to the garden, and the team
was only awaiting delivery of paving stones from
Depending on the pavers' arrival, they would be laid by the
end next week, after which the $100,000 sculpture Ouroboros
could be installed.
The process by which the sculpture was chosen earlier this
year was the subject of intense criticism from Dunedin
sculptors, who threatened to take legal action.
They claimed the sculpture chosen was outside the Dunedin
City Council's brief for proposals, which indicated a firm
budget limit of $60,000, a budget they believed most artists
would have stuck to, thereby disadvantaging themselves.
After a panel chose the $100,000 project, council staff
argued the brief had been a guide only.
Mr Matchett said the installation of the 15.5m polished steel
sculpture, which will be suspended on three poles and
internally illuminated with LED lighting, was not expected to
The artist, Julia Morison, of Christchurch, would be in the
city to oversee the work.
The plan was, all going well, to officially open the new
garden extension and sculpture during a Gala Day in the
garden on October 20, also the opening day of the Fifth
Global Botanic Gardens Congress, this year hosted by the
Dunedin Botanic Garden.
The garden extension and sculpture will use up most of a
$230,000 bequest to the garden from the late Prof Clive
The mythical ouroboros, a snake eating its tail, is an
ancient symbol of regeneration.