Solace of the Wind
|Location||Leaning into the harbour on the north-east side of Te Papa|
|Tour directions||Head along the east side of Te Papa to the the waterfront|
The world is your cloister
Looking up towards Mt. Victoria you can see St Gerard's Monastery. The monastery was the first in the world to be dedicated to St Gerard.
A Wellington favourite, Max Patte's Solace of the Wind (2008) leans north into the harbour's harsh gales while displaying its own inner tranquility.
"This city and its elements have been the inspiration for this work [...] the location where the sculpture will reside [...] is significant for me. It represents a time and place where I have felt so much. Wellington is truly a unique place to live."
The artist, Max Patte was a sculptor at Weta Workshop, and originally loaned the sculpture to the city for a year in the hopes of finding a patron.
There was a sibling sculpture of Solace in the Wind called Reflection located further around the waterfront next to the overbridge leading to Chaffers Park. Reflection was also lent to Wellington Waterfront Ltd. When the loan period's time was up, Patte offered it as a gift to the city – and the city declined. Ian Pike of Wellington Waterfront Ltd told the Capital Times:
"The essence of that is having an eclectic collection of artwork on the waterfront; we saw having something in very similar form and style within 500m of Solace as not desirable. We don’t have two of anything on the waterfront."
- Stingray and Kina Peter Kundycki and Jonathan Campbell 2006 -41.29112019 174.7928972 http://www.sculptures.org.nz/__data/assets/image/0015/1518/thumb-stingray-and-kina.jpg Stingray and Kina http://www.sculptures.org.nz/tours/waterfront-tour/stingray-and-kina
- Carter Fountain Unknown 1973 -41.289838 174.794385 http://www.sculptures.org.nz/__data/assets/image/0008/1520/thumb-carter-fountain.jpg Carter fountain http://www.sculptures.org.nz/tours/waterfront-tour/carter-fountain
- Tail of the Whale Colin Webster-Watson 2005 -41.29055599 174.7908989 http://www.sculptures.org.nz/__data/assets/image/0010/1522/thumb-tail-of-the-whale.jpg The Tail of the Whale http://www.sculptures.org.nz/tours/waterfront-tour/tail-of-the-whale
- Te Waka Pou Ra Vincent 2007 -41.291675 174.786605 http://www.sculptures.org.nz/__data/assets/image/0012/1524/thumb-te-waka-pou.jpg Te Waka Pou http://www.sculptures.org.nz/tours/waterfront-tour/te-waka-pou
- Per Capita Cathryn Munro 2006 -41.29156094 174.7824426 http://www.sculptures.org.nz/__data/assets/image/0013/1525/thumb-per-capita.jpg Per Capita http://www.sculptures.org.nz/tours/waterfront-tour/per-capita
- Solace of the Wind Max Patte 2008 -41.28938 174.782794 http://www.sculptures.org.nz/__data/assets/image/0014/1526/thumb-solace-of-the-wind.jpg Solace of the Wind http://www.sculptures.org.nz/tours/waterfront-tour/solace-of-the-wind
- Kupe Statue William Trethewey 1939 / 1999 -41.288874 174.780065 http://www.sculptures.org.nz/__data/assets/image/0015/1527/thumb-kupe-statue.jpg Kupe statue http://www.sculptures.org.nz/tours/waterfront-tour/kupe-statue
- Albatross Tanja Ashken 1985-6 -41.28799869 174.7789245 http://www.sculptures.org.nz/__data/assets/image/0016/1528/thumb-albatross.jpg Albatross http://www.sculptures.org.nz/tours/waterfront-tour/albatross
- Fruits of the Garden Paul Dibble 2002 -41.287629 174.779312 http://www.sculptures.org.nz/__data/assets/image/0009/1530/thumb-fruits-of-the-garden.jpg Fruits of the garden http://www.sculptures.org.nz/tours/waterfront-tour/fruits-of-the-garden
- Water Whirler Len Lye 2005 (posthumous) -41.286459 174.779415 http://www.sculptures.org.nz/__data/assets/image/0011/1532/thumb-water-whirler.jpg Water Whirler http://www.sculptures.org.nz/tours/waterfront-tour/water-whirler
- De l'Autre Côté Elie Cristiani 2001 -41.28482199 174.7773043 http://www.sculptures.org.nz/__data/assets/image/0013/1534/thumb-de-lautre-cote.jpg De l'autre cote http://www.sculptures.org.nz/tours/waterfront-tour/de-lautre-cote
- SkyBlues Bill Culbert 2006 -41.28492741 174.777317 http://www.sculptures.org.nz/__data/assets/image/0015/1536/thumb-sky-blues.jpg Sky Blues http://www.sculptures.org.nz/tours/waterfront-tour/skyblues
- Nga Kina Michel Tuffery 2012 -41.282555 174.77923 http://www.sculptures.org.nz/__data/assets/image/0008/2330/ngakina.jpg thumb-nga-kina.jpg http://www.sculptures.org.nz/tours/waterfront-tour/kina