The art community has welcomed a decision to remove a
picnic table placed on top of a Mosgiel art sculpture.
Mosgiel Taieri Community Board members agreed last week to
remove the table and reinstate missing pieces of the
sculpture, on the corner of Gordon and Factory Rds.
Otago Sculpture Trust member Peter Nicholls said it was
''I was hoping that might happen,'' Mr Nicholls said.
''I'm really pleased.''
Mosgiel resident Jan Thomson, who raised concerns about the
sculpture in the Taieri Times in April, was glad to
hear of the decision.
''I'm glad they're going to remove [the table] and put the
sculpture back to how it was,'' Mrs Thomson said.
The Beech Leaf Steeping Stones sculpture, by
German-born artist Siegfried Koglmeier, was installed in
One of the stepping stones. Photos by Linda Robertson.
Its leaf-shaped concrete paving stones were designed to
reference a nearby beech tree.
Mr Nicholls and Mrs Thomson said grass had crept over the
concrete leaves and the site needed to be better maintained.
''They could do more but I wouldn't hold my breath,'' Mrs
Thomson said, adding a plaque about the artwork should also
Mr Nicholls also wants a rubbish bin, planter and sign -
which are in front of the artwork - relocated.
Dunedin needed an inventory of every public artwork when it
was made, he said.
''It should be someone's job to do the maintenance and
A picnic table at the corner of Factory and Gordon Rds
installed among elements of a sculpture called Beech Leaf
Chairman Bill Feather told a board meeting last week that
two concrete leaves had been removed when the table was
recently put on a concrete slab.
The table was among items built for the board by the Taieri
Blokes Shed group and installed by the Taieri Lions Club, at
a total cost to the board of $5000.
Board member Maurice Prendergast said the seat should be
''I thought we agreed to take that bloody awful seat out of
Member Blackie Catlow said although 90% of residents were
unaware there was a sculpture there, installing a table was a
The board now wants feedback on where the seat should be
Member Sarah Nitis said the community could contact the board
with ideas on suitable placement within the district for the
''Table - looking for a good home,'' she said.