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Queens Wharf lighthouse sculpture gets green light from Auckland Council

Auckland's controversial "lighthouse" sculpture is set to take its intended place at the end of Queens Wharf by the middle of next year. Auckland Council has granted resource consent for the $1.5 million artwork on the city's waterfront, a scaled-down state house filled with light and glass chandeliers in the Matariki constellation formation. Objectors have 15 days to appeal the consent, but all going well work will start on the sculpture early in the new year. Despite being fully funded by real estate agency Barfoot & Thompson and anonymous donors, the work has attracted controversy. The agency in charge of the waterfront's redevelopment, Waterfront Auckland, initially recommended that the public have no say on the resource consent application. However Auckland Council's hearings committee took the decision to publicly notify the application, and submissions were heard last month. The work by artist Michael Parekowhai is a lighthouse signifying a safe harbour and a welcome for all. The idea is to mark an entrance to Auckland from the Waitemata Harbour, referencing the city's history of migration and navigation by sea. Based on an Auckland state house, the sculpture will be 5.3 metres tall and 8.3 metres long. It will be made of wood and steel, with doors and windows and a viewing platform allowing people to see the 10 celestial chandeliers hanging inside. Waterfront Auckland, which officially merged on Tuesday with another council agency to become Development Auckland, said it hoped to apply for building consent within the next few weeks and begin construction on the work in January or February. Construction will take about three months.
 

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Its getting very cramped down on that wharf with the two sheds and now a sculpture.

Any news on the Cloud being relocated? It needs to, to open up the space and views.

Will the sculpture be accessible when cruise ships are docked?
 

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Its getting very cramped down on that wharf with the two sheds and now a sculpture.

Any news on the Cloud being relocated? It needs to, to open up the space and views.

Will the sculpture be accessible when cruise ships are docked?
I think they still plan to move the slug permanently to Captain Cook's Wharf...
 

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Here's the link to the story that suggests that it's just Pier 1B in a project starting Mon 24 June and finishing mid-July. Since the works did start last Monday I'm tempted to think this is the "real" answer. But again, I hope I'm wrong . . .

https://at.govt.nz/about-us/news-events/renewal-of-berth-at-downtown-ferry-terminal/
 

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FERRY BASIN REDEVELOPMENT WORKS QUEENS WHARF
June to late - March 2020

The enabling works for the Ferry Basin Redevelopment. on the western side of Queens Wharf are now underway.

Over the past week a 55T crawler crane has safely removed heritage bollards and almost 90 existing timber fenders (approximately 40 of which have been identified as suitable for re-use and handed over to Panuku).

Next week we will be busy installing 240m of grillage (temporary works for cranes to sit on) in preparation for the arrival of 2x 100T crawler cranes. These cranes will be used to install 253 new piles as part of the construction of the new breakwater wall and canopies.

Piling is programmed to start July 15 and continue for approximately six months.
 
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