A statue in my home town of Napier caused a good deal of controversy when it was raised in 1974. The main problem with ‘The Spirit of Napier’, apart from the fact that it was ugly and had been stuck well down one of the beaches, was that it was pointing the wrong way.
The statue, standing atop a tall concrete pillar, faced inland – not the sea, to which it was presenting its backside. Kind of like an inept Silver Surfer, I suppose. Inspiring? Maybe, but only if you turn around…
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