David Cunliffe isn’t the only cock in New Lynn anymore

Photo / Nick Reed - via NZ Herald

Photo / Nick Reed – via NZ Herald

A $200,000 public sculpture being installed in Auckland is causing a stir with locals, who say it resembles a penis.

The Auckland Council-commissioned Transit Cloud has been created as part of a project to breathe new life into traditionally working class New Lynn.

The aerial component – four aluminium mesh cloud forms – hangs more than 8m over a lane linking New Lynn’s shiny new railway and bus station with the town’s library and shopping mall.

The clouds allude to the sky, but two of the forms are being viewed very differently by locals.

A $200,000 cock-up. ??

“Oh my God, it’s a cock and balls,” said Phil Wellman, of Blockhouse Bay.

“Don’t you think it’s rude?” said Henderson mother Janine Waters, walking her two young children in a pram.

“It’s definitely that. What else could it be,” she said.

Another woman, who did not want to be named, called the forms “masculine”.

Frances Toohey, who works at Pita Pit by the lane, said the sculpture was very phallic. Customers had been commenting a lot, she said.

“What the hell is that? It’s certainly not a cloud. It looks like a penis,” said Joy Dale, of Mt Roskill.

She said the sculpture was a waste of ratepayers’ money and the council would be better spending the money on more security and patrols in the area.

Remember that this is a council that has no money for rescue helicopters, wants to charge you for scattering your loved one’s ashes, and is considering tolls on motorways it doesn’t own, making you pay for library services, and much more – because they have?no money.

$200,000 of ratepayers’ hard earned money went to “an artist”. ?Nice job if you can get it.

It’s magically symbolic of the whole Auckland Council mess. ?Unless the artist was briefed?to “produce a sculpture of Len Brown”. ?In that case, he got it spot on.

Perhaps we should have a quote competition:

The work should be called “Len reaches out to the community”
“That’s nothing, Campbells Bay has had a very public cock for years now”
“New Lynn may have a giant cock, but only Grey Lynn has a bunch of dicks”
“Shh, keep quiet, or every suburb will want one”
“Community disappointed: we wanted a sculpture about happiness”

 

– Bernard Orsman, NZ Herald

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