Gareth Morgan

PHOTO: Gareth Morgan. RNZ

Two colossal sculptures have recently emerged above Wellington’s Transmission Gully, leaving drivers perplexed and prompting some to capture photos while navigating the roads. These artistic installations are integral components of a broader initiative spearheaded by philanthropists Gareth and Joanne Morgan.\

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The most recent addition, a sizable park bench overlooking the motorway, caught the attention of motorists on the recently inaugurated section of State Highway 1. This bench joined another expansive sculpture, likened to a giant feather by social media users, which was erected two months earlier above the former Pauatahanui golf course.

The Morgans, who acquired the Paekakariki Hill Road property in 2019 and transformed it into The Morgans—a conservation and recreational area featuring a retained golf course—have remained tight-lipped about the prospect of establishing a monumental sculpture garden in Wellington to rival Gibbs Farm.

According to a spokesperson, the park bench is just one of several installations constituting an ongoing project, with additional works set to be unveiled over the next three months. Access to the site is anticipated to be available to visitors by the end of April.

In 2022, the Morgans introduced a 16-meter steel rainbow-colored bridge on their property, positioned inconspicuously to northbound traffic but visible from the southbound lanes.