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Nucleus | 2006

by Phil Price

The sculpture was unveiled to the public on 29 September 2006 and gifted formally to the city at the duration of SCAPE 2006. At 9m high Nucleus has an impressive presence on the corner of High, Manchester and Lichfield streets, and is prominent visually to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Nucleus: the positively charged centre of an atom. Christchurch was my place of study and remains the centre of my practice, so this title and the sculpture have a special significance for me. The artwork is a celebration of place. The simple singular form made of four equal parts is a reflection of Christchurch, with its well-planned and laid-out built environment. All the parts are connected and necessary for the whole to function. The plinth, with its exposed structure and beauty through function, is a celebration of Christchurch’s engineering and industrial base.
— Phil Price

Phil Price

Phil Price has an impressive artistic pedigree, with work featuring widely across the Tasman in private collections as well as in New Zealand. Since graduating in 1989 from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts he has exhibited regularly, featuring in both New Zealand’s national survey shows, Prospect 2001 and Prospect 2004, City Gallery, Wellington.

He has shown enormous dedication and enthusiasm for creating public sculptures, winning the Meridian Energy Great Wellington Wind Sculpture Project with Zephyrometer in 2003, for Wellington’s Evans Bay. Other significant works include Cytoplasm in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour and Protoplasm, Wellington. Dancer and Scribble both feature in private collections at the Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Waiheke Island and Sir Miles Warren’s Ohinetahi, Governors Bay.

Generously supported by: The Art & Industry Biennial Trust, Sir Robertson & Dame Adrienne Stewart, Errol & Jennifer Clark and the Christchurch City Council.

With special thanks to: Fletcher Construction, Firth, Boffa Miskell, City Care, Anderson Lloyd Lawyers, John Jones Steel, and Heritage Management Services.


Image credits:

Nucleus, Phil Price, 2006

© SCAPE Public Art & Phil Price