Heritage & Monuments

Solace in the Wind

New Zealand / The Pacific

Solace in the Wind is a provocative naked bronze statue made by the sculptor, Max Patté (b. 1977). He arrived in New Zealand from London in 2006 after a successful career working on films such as Batman and Harry Potter, and joined Weta as their head of sculpture. He created this sculpture as an emotional response to the end of his first year in New Zealand. The figure appears to arch back, embracing the elements and evoking a desire to be alone with one’s own thoughts. The closed eyes cause viewers to speculate as to whether he is suffering anguish or is experiencing a sense of calm.Wellington City Council bought Solace for $60,000 in 2008 and made it a permanent fixture on the waterfront. It earned the People’s Choice Award for favourite sculpture at the Wellington Civic Trust Awards the same year. Since then it has endured several pranks; sometimes redressed during the costume-crazy Wellington Rugby Sevens event and once as a Santa at Christmas time.and even been the subject of a tweet by the British comedian, Stephen Fry (b. 1957).Solace remains popular with Wellingtonians and visiting tourists.

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