Photo by Rob Suisted, Nature’s Pic Images, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND. Photo copyright to Rob Suisted – All rights reserved.
The unique Wellington Solace of the Wind sculpture encapsulates the paradoxical inspiration for this symbol of tranquility along the city’s scenic shoreline. English sculptor Max Patte’s Solace in the Wind was unveiled February 2008 – a two-metre-high iron figure leaning forward into a cross-harbour gale with eyes closed and arms held back.
The site on which the sculpture stands was of great significance to Max. The sculpture’s suspended pose was one he had tried personally, and the area had been a comfort to him during difficult times – it was somewhere for him to reflect upon life – a place of solace. Max Patte was born in Gloucestershire, UK, in 1977 and studied Technical Arts at the Wimbledon School of Art in London. He works as a freelance sculptor and conservator, often for theatre, film and television crews.
In 2008, Max was working for Weta Workshop when he made Solace in the Wind. Although the idea for the sculpture was hatched casually “over a bag of fish and chips and a beer”, the final product is a heartfelt testament to a city Max has come to love deeply – Wellington.
The sculpture is typical of Max’s work, which explores how the human body can convey inner thoughts and feelings. Solace in the Wind is also a study in contrast, with harsh weather outside bringing peace within.
Originally loaned to the city for a year, it was bought by the council after winning as People’s Choice for favourite sculpture at the Wellington Civic Trust Awards. Get yourself down there for a close up photo opportunity!
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