Ghost Tower

Ghost Tower

The 8th work in the collection, Ghost Tower, standing at 9.4 metres was installed on 13th April 2014 on the East side of The Square, in proximity to the Hopwood clock tower and close to the i-site Information Centre

The tower itself sits on a frame that stands 3.5 metres high, constructed from square, hollow section stainless steel. It has a seat running along the side nearest the pavement and openings on two other sides, inviting people into the interior. On the base sits another structure suggesting a small dwelling with familiar architectural features: doors, windows and roof lines. Above this is a slim tower which has, just below the peaked roof, a square and a circular form, referencing the faces of nearby clock towers.

All structure above the base section is of stainless steel rods formed into frames, appearing as filigree against the trees and skyline. Depending on the light and the position of the bystander the tower seems to appear or to disappear.

About the Artist, Louise Purvis

Louise Purvis was born and schooled in Pahiatua. Early in her career she received a Commonwealth Fellowship which allowed her to travel and work in Europe and the United Kingdom where she focussed on foundry practices in Aberdeen. In New Zealand she has had numerous solo and group exhibitions. A resident of Auckland, her work has been sought by various public bodies; New Lynn (2008 -10) and Hobsonville Point (2014).


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