The symbols, on the upper side, trace the history of Wellington and on the lower side they are astrological.
Sculpture stainless steel 2900 x 3500mm Funded by the Jack and Emma Griffin
“I wanted to go for something that was visually interesting, so I created a European version of the top and included Maori references through heiroglyphics. Spinning Top traces the history of Whanganui-a-Tara, the Maori name for Wellington. The major mythical story is that of the two taniwha in the harbour. The taniwha formed the harbour and the surrounding hills with their movements.” R.Jahnke