The iconic sculpture Ferns, by prominent New
Zealand artist Neil Dawson, sat above Civic Square for 17 years.
The work captures the spirit of Wellington and features in
countless photographs, videos, advertising campaigns, and is often
used to promote our great city.
Loved by us, and others, we want to return this
sculpture to Wellington.
As many of you know, in late 2015 Ferns was taken down. Over its
17 years the sculpture developed structural weaknesses, exacerbated
by the Wellington wind. Although it was fixed several times, the
Council received professional advice that the work was no longer
safe to be suspended, and couldn't be repaired in a way that would
last. Since then the Trust, Wellington City Council and artist,
Neil Dawson, have been working on a replacement.
Neil took his inspiration for the original Ferns from the
natural environment, using the silver ponga fern and four
additional varieties of ferns (petako, lace fern, wheki and puniu)
to create a suspended globe of delicate lacy fern fronds.
The new Ferns will include a stronger internal structure and be
cut from stainless steel, which is more robust.
Funding so far
The full cost of replacing Ferns is $215,000.
The Council is a major funder, however the Trust is helping with
fundraising and we need your help.
Donor's gifting $3,000 or more will be recognised on a permanent
plaque to be placed near the work in Civic Square.
Any contributor of over $30,000 will be additionally recognised
as a principal sponsor, in appropriate ways as agreed.
We are very grateful for the generous support we have already
received from the ANZ Bank, a sponsor of the original Ferns, the
Wellington Community Trust and the Nikau Foundation. Through these
sponsors we have already raised $55,000.
For more information and images of the original Ferns, as well
as information on the artist Neil dawson please see our
Project images courtesy of Grant Sheehan and Amy Schulz
Thank you for your support so far
15 MONTHS AGO
Thank you to everyone who has supported the project so far.
To raise the $215,000 needed for the commission we have put out our hand for help from the wider Wellington community and we are very grateful for those who have answered the call.
The Trust has also received generous donations from the ANZ Bank, a sponsor of the original Ferns; the Wellington Community Trust; the Nikau Foundation; and other generous individuals.
You will hear from us again when our fundraising is complete and we will have the pleasure of inviting you to the celebration we will hold when Ferns is re-installed in its rightful place once more.
In the meantime spread the word among friends, family and colleagues!
Ferns by day
16 MONTHS AGO