My home town of Napier, New Zealand, has a new beach-front feature. A drain. Over which the city council has built what looks like a pier for quiet promenading. Except it doesn’t reach the sea.
As I understand it, the decision was one of those opportunity things – you know, ‘we’ve got a new drain pipe, so let’s turn it into a tourist attraction’. And it’s certainly more attractive than a piece of concrete pipe pouring storm-water into the azure Pacific. But it still looks like it’s only half-finished, and that leads – well, you’ve guessed it – to a good deal of ill-informed speculation. Was it:
- The architect drew a full-size pier but only delivered Page 1 of the plan.
- The whole plan was delivered, but then everything except Page 1 was lost.
- It was actually finished, however French saboteurs arrived in a submarine and towed away all but the first bit.
- It was funded with money left over from renaming the local museum after a welding method, and this was all that could be built.
- It’s intentional: drains can be a tourist attraction too.
Or something – what’s your take on this one?
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