A sculptural pun is never a good idea. Stuff reports:
A giant golden chicken wing sculpture, installed at Massey University’s Albany campus, cost $90,000.
Unveiled this week, The Golden Promise sculpture was designed by established Auckland artist Reuben Paterson.
A Massey University spokesman said the $90,000 cost covered fabrication, construction, concept, installation, an artist's fee, travel, delivery and resource consent fees. “We wanted to commemorate the 50th anniversary and leave a legacy for future students and staff.”
Paterson said the golden wing symbolised protection and nurturing offered by the university to students at the campus, which was previously the site of chicken farming.
“This work especially refers to – and celebrates – the development of the university from its beginnings as an agricultural college, into what it has aspired to become over the course of its own history – and just as the university has transformed and grown over this time, so too has the pastoral land on which it is located at Albany.”
Albany Students’ Association president Andre Budel said reaction had been “mixed”.
Waikato University is built on a former dairy farm, which is why in the 1960s the student cafetaria was known as The Cowshed. Let’s hope WaikUni does not follow the trail that Massey has blazed.