The most beautiful tree sculptures in New Zealand
Tree sculptures, which have become such a global phenomenon, have recently been celebrated around the world.
New Zealand has an amazing range of tree sculptures, with many of the most iconic being in the capital, Wellington.
In the city’s central park, the City Gardens is home to a stunningly detailed statue of a giant, leaf-like plant.
In Wellington’s city centre, the iconic ‘Watson’ statue is a living sculpture of a man with his face painted red, white and blue, his body covered with a black and white striped scarf.
Other spectacular trees include the magnificent ‘Tree of Hope’ in the city centre.
The sculpture is a tribute to Wellington’s first Aboriginal person and was commissioned by the city council in 1881.
The ‘Tree’, which is believed to be a living specimen of a large Douglas fir, was erected in 1903.
“It was very important to the city that we remember our past,” said Wellington City Council chair, Dr David Condon.
“I’m sure that this will be one of the things that people remember when they come to visit Wellington.”
The sculpture was first unveiled by the Mayor of Wellington, Charles Hutton, in 1912.
He had commissioned the sculpture because it represented the people of Wellington and the people that lived in the area.
The statue was installed in Wellington’s City Gardens in 1902 and has been the subject of countless public artworks over the years.
However, it has remained a favourite with locals for decades.
It is estimated that more than 2,000 people visit the sculpture each year, including Wellington City councillors, tourists and local residents.
“It’s very special to see the people coming from all over the world to see this sculpture, it’s very inspiring,” said Dr Condon, who has worked as a landscape artist in Wellington.
“The whole city is a huge drawcard.”
The City Gardens has been a centre of sculpture since the early 19th century.
In 1916, it was opened to the public and soon became the home to hundreds of tree sculptors, many of whom were veterans of the Second World War.
“This is the first time we’ve seen such a large sculpture come to Wellington,” said David Mair, a Wellington-based sculptor.
“You don’t really get to see it for a long time.
It’s been there for hundreds of years.”
The statue, which is a replica of a living tree, is a one-of-a-kind experience.
David Mair said it took years of trial and error to get the right proportions, the right light, the correct texture and the right colour to make the statue a living and moving sculpture.
The Wellington City Centre is a natural habitat for many of Wellington’s trees, which are native to the area and are also very sensitive to sunlight.
As the sun rises in the morning, the tree in question sheds its leaves, and this makes it appear to be covered in mud.
It is important for the artist to make sure the sculpture is perfectly balanced and has no cracks or any other damage.
There are also no restrictions on how many times the sculpture can be removed and reused.
The tree, which can grow up to 80 metres tall, is located on a small plot of land within the City Centre’s park.
The sculpture also has a large hole carved into it to allow for a view of the surrounding landscape, which has been transformed into a beautiful forest.
Trees are a vital part of Wellingtonites’ everyday lives, with people walking through the city on a daily basis.
“There’s a whole range of people that come here to visit us, so it’s nice to see something like this become a permanent feature,” Dr Cavan said.
Mr Cavan was also delighted to see how well the sculpture has been received by the public.
“That’s always been the most surprising thing, that people have been drawn to it,” he said.
“They’ve been so enthused about it.”
The artist says it is his passion to make something that is a reflection of the people who live here.
While the sculpture was commissioned for the City of Wellington in 1902, the artist has been working on the design for more than 40 years.