Public Art : Gateway sculpture
Sculptor : © Chris
Description : The 18m Gateway sculpture is a large
archway made up of basalt boulders which were gifted by the Ngati Kupa people of Matauri Bay Northland.
Unveiled : The Gateway sculpture was presented to the
City of Auckland on 21 April 1990.
Location : The Gateway sculpture can be found at the
Victoria Street East entrance to Albert Park, Auckland, New Zealand.
Funded By : AMP Society
History of the Gateway Sculpture: Sculptor Chris
Booth was commissioned in 1987 by the Auckland Art Gallery to create the Gateway sculpture. The enormous
structure was built in Booth's KeriKeri studio between 1987-89. The basalt boulders were kindly donated by the Ngati Kupa people. The
elders removed the tapu (sacred restrictions) from the stones before gifting them to the people of
Artist's Statement : "Albert Park, to me, is a symbol
of rural and urban meeting and these two columns rising up and meeting with bands of arched steel would make,
I felt, a symbolic gate and also accentuate the landscape. I chose the volcanic stone for the base part of
the sculpture because it sits on an old volcanic cone which is Albert Park. And it has a link with the sea.
The fact that they are sea-tumbled basalt boulders and of course Auckland is very much a part of the