The Mosgiel Taieri Community Board is to decide whether it
should remove a picnic table installed over these
leaf-shaped stepping stones, installed years ago by the
Dunedin City Council as a piece of public art, at the
corner of Factory and Gordon Rds. Photo by Craig Baxter.
fate of a controversial Mosgiel picnic table remains
unresolved as new information on the surrounding artwork comes
Mosgiel Taieri Community Board member Martin Dillon said more
paving stones from the Beech Leaf Stepping Stones
sculpture were removed than the board initially realised.
When the board made a resolution in May to remove the table
so the sculpture could be reinstated, the board believed the
sculpture was missing two paving stones.
However, Mr Dillon had discovered another 12 paving stones
were removed on the corner of Factory and Gordon Rds for the
construction of the toilet block and the beautification of
Board chairman Bill Feather stopped further discussion on the
table at the board meeting last week until more information
The new information would be considered at the next meeting.
Governance Support Officer Grace Ockwell said if a member
laid a notice of motion before the next board meeting then
the option for the table to remain at the site could be
If there was no notice of motion made in 10 working days,
then the May resolution for the table to be removed would
Member Maurice Prendergast said the May resolution could have
been ''hasty'' and went against the ''mood of the district''.
Earlier at the meeting, Cam Shaw, of Mosgiel, reported
results of a survey he instigated.
Of the 200 surveys distributed, 122 were returned and 60% of
respondents were unaware of the paving stones in the corner
reserve and fewer than 5% knew what the paving stones
''It seems to me that most of the people of Mosgiel don't
know about the presence of the paving stones and generally
couldn't care less about them. As a piece of artwork, this
has failed,'' Mr Shaw said.
About 99% of respondents wanted the table to stay where it
was and he urged the board to heed the wishes of the Mosgiel
residents and leave the table where it was.
''It isn't broken, so don't fix it.''