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The Lion Catcher

I remember the first time I ever noticed this sculpture I was probably not much more than 8 years old. I asked my dad what on earth that big green net in front of that big tall building in the centre of town was and he told me that it was there ready and waiting to catch the lion from Wellington Zoo should it ever escape! That story has stuck with me ever since.

It wasn’t until I was studying Art History at university that I finally discovered that it was a public sculpture by Contemporary NZ artist, Neil Dawson. Dawson has become one of my favourite contemporary sculptors. If you have ever been to Civic Square in Wellington you might be familiar with his iconic “Ferns” ball which hovers above the square, or his “Flying Steps” which used to float above the Hunter Courtyard at Victoria University. The simplicity of his works is amazing when you consider the engineering that must go into their construction and eventual placement – suspending such significant objects high above the ground in public spaces much present quite the health and safety challenge (especially in an earthquake-prone and often very windy city like Wellington!). However, whenever I walk past one of his sculptures I can’t help but take a moment to stop and look at it and I always end up walking away with a satisfied smile on my face.

And despite the fact that I now know that the sculpture in the image above is called “The Rock” I will always and forever think of it as “The Lion Catcher”. đŸ™‚

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