The up and coming Tauranga Crossing precinct has become a fast-growing area of food, retail and entertainment. Now, the Bay of Plenty expansion is showing its support for local art and has included a kinetic sculpture created by Kiwi artist Phil Price.
The Fernery, as the sculpture is known, is part of the landscaped gardens and dining area at Tauranga Crossing. Price’s work is known both locally and internationally, with his kinetic artistry recognised as the best of his generation.
Commenting on the features, Phil Price said, “The idea came about that we’d have a group of these tree forms to compliment the design of the outdoor space, making it even more special for the shoppers at Tauranga Crossing.”
The sculpture is inspired by ferneries throughout the east coast and middle of the North Island. Price continued, “I am a very proud New Zealander and believe that as a nation we have a very deep connection with the land we inhabit. I create my art in celebration of Aoteroa, from, for and celebrating our country.”
“Having bespoke art really elevates this shopping centre beyond anything I’ve come across in New Zealand before, I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
Steve Lewis, CEO of Tauranga Crossing, says the sculpture helps the shopping centre stand out as an individual space that is unique past a traditional shopping space.
“Phil and his team have created a phenomenal piece of art for the centre and we are really excited to welcome our shoppers to experience it for themselves from the 4th April.”
Following the opening on 4 April 2019, the 47,000 sqm shopping complex will house up to 70 fashion, general merchandise, and service retailers along with 29 restaurants and eateries within the two-level centre galleria and dining area.