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Iconic fishermen sculpture lit up

National Aquarium bronze fishermen sculpture. Marine Parade’s iconic fishermen sculpture is once again clearly visible at night.

The decision to improve the lighting came from a submission to the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan earlier this year.

“It’s great to see this sculpture lit up properly so it should once again receive the attention it deserves,” says Napier Mayor Bill Dalton.

The original lights for the sculpture, outside the National Aquarium of New Zealand, had dimmed with age so LED lights were fitted instead.

The life-like bronze sculpture is by award-winning contemporary artist Alan Strathern from Invercargill. It is dedicated to the commercial fishermen who work long hours at sea.

The sculpture, paid for by the Municipal Electricity Department and New Zealand Cement Holdings Ltd, was initially a feature of the forecourt at the Hawke's Bay Aquarium which opened in December 1976 at the southern end of the Parade. It was later relocated to its present site when the facility re-opened as the National Aquarium Of New Zealand in 2002.

10 September 2015

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