Light on the land

December 19, 2017


The Taranaki region of New Zealand is ascending in the stainless steel world with the recent unveiling of a public sculpture, Light on the Land.

The dramatic stainless steel façade of the Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth made waves internationally in 2015. Now, just 450 metres away on the Taranaki coastline is an impressive work-of-art made from nickel-containing stainless steel.

Measuring 2.5 metres high, 6 metres long and 2.5 metres deep, Light on the Land is positioned on the New Plymouth city Coastal Walkway facing the Tasman Sea.

Fabricated by Rivet Engineering, the sculpture is made from Type 316L (UNS S31603), 1.5mm thick stainless steel sheet, and mirror polished to achieve the smooth and highly reflective surface finish. With the sculpture installed along the coastline with strong exposure to windborne sea salt, this grade and finish of stainless steel is an optimal specification for long life and aesthetic appearance.
Local artist Howard Tuffery designed the sculpture, which is his first stainless steel masterpiece after 40 plus years of traditionally working with wood and stone.

The Taranaki landscape inspired the sculpture’s organic form, and the mirror finish complements this expression by reflecting the surrounding movement around the art work as well as nature.

According to the artist, Light on the Land was given its title to invite conversations on conservation and sustainability, while considering the commercial importance and reliance on our land for wealth.

Inspired by memorable artwork in the streets of European cities, the sculpture was commissioned by Nancy Mills, a local resident, originally from the USA. The gift to New Plymouth was made in honour of her late parents.

Whilst the majestic Mount Taranaki and coastal views from the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway are stunning, this stainless steel sculpture is without doubt adding a touch of elegance

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