KiwiRiders to fly again

The Kāpiti Coast District Council Operations and Finance Committee decided this morning to let the KiwiRiders sculpture fly for at least a year in the community.

The large sculpture, crafted by artist Will Clijsen, shows two children riding a stylised, flying Kiwi. It is made of stainless steel under bronze casting to weather long-term installation in a coastal climate.

Chair of the Operations and Finance Committee Councillor Michael Scott says that he is pleased to see the sculpture making Kāpiti Coast its home for the foreseeable future.

“We look forward to seeing the sculpture installed and on display for the public to enjoy soon. We’ve earmarked the berm on Marine Parade near the Tikotu stream for it to land.”

Councillor Scott says that the Public Art Panel’s ongoing commitment to the community is appreciated.

“We are extremely grateful for the efforts of the Public Art Panel around assessing and acquiring interesting art pieces for the District. The panel’s continuing work on behalf of the community is invaluable.”

KiwiRiders was the recipient of the 2011 Gold NZ Sculpture Design Award.