Map showing Louise Purvis: Seismic

Seismic is an marble sculpture by renowned Auckland sculptor Louise Purvis located at the western (Lambton Quay) end of Bunny St, in Victoria University of Wellington's Pipitea campus area.

Four large Italian Carrara marble discs, each 1.8 metres in diameter are strewn on the paving or on the raised grass areas as though thrown there by an earthquake. Each has carved patterns representing the different aspects of seismic activity.

"Seismic is a direct response to the site. Each disc is an interpretation of events occurring during an earthquake. The discs are strewn about the site to evoke a sense of randomness. Seismic is intended to be a sculpture you pass through and perhaps contemplate the precarious nature of our environment along the way." Louise Purvis

Seismic was installed December 20th 2006.

Image courtesy of Wellington City Council.