The city now has a golden opportunity to make the Town Basin really hum.
The Hundertwasser Art Centre (HAC) and Wairau Maori Art Gallery would be a perfect complement to the Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s inspirational ‘cistern chapel’ in Kawakawa that once won the ‘Golden Plunger’ award as the world’s best public toilet.
The iconoclastic artist spent 20 years in the Bay of Islands and became a New Zealand citizen.
He died in 2000 and is buried on his beloved property not far from Kawakawa.
In 1993 he designed a visionary art centre to wrap around an existing Town Basin building – featuring his trademark irregular forms and startling contradictions of colour and texture.
I was surprised to learn that the Whangarei City Council rejected the project last year primarily on the basis of its projected $13m cost.
(ed:..i consider it a cultural-crime how we ignored the offers from this artist..for all those years he lived here..
..a public-loo was all we would let him do..?…really..?..
..with the latest ignoring being from the philistines on the whangarei council..