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The Four Plinths Temporary Sculpture Project

The Wellington Sculpture Trust's major ongoing project is the biennial temporary sculpture installation on the four large plinths located between the national museum Te Papa and the Circa Theatre. These mark the boundary between the Te Papa forecourt and Wellington Waterfront, and have a very high pedestrian count and visibility. They make a superb site for contemporary sculpture.

Each of the plinths, large concrete cubes covered in bluestone, are 2m square.

The project operates to select and install a new work on or around the four plinths every two years, with an opening as a part of the International Festival of the Arts which takes place in Wellington over three weeks in February and March in even number years (2010, 2012 etc).

The selected work stays on the plinths for up to 22 months, then being removed to make way for its successor.

Wellington Sculpture Trust Chairman Neil Plimmer says the Four Plinths is a stunning site for major art installations. "The chosen work will be seen by millions of people - those visiting Te Papa and Circa, and others walking around the Waterfront.

-- Peter Trevelyan: Mimetic Brotherhood --

The second of the Four Plinths sculptures is Mimetic Brotherhood by Peter Trevelyan. It is set to be installed before the 2010 International Festival of the Arts and will remain in place until early 2012.

Four bulbous kinetic forms made from hinged and mirrored equilateral triangles envelop the plinths. They are an ever-changing translation of their environment as the constantly shifting surfaces reflect the surroundings.

Map showing The Four Plinths Temporary Sculpture Project

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