A lot of refurbishment work has been carried out in Lower Cuba Street, Wellington over the past year or so, following the conversion of adjoining Manners Mall into a two-way bus route.
My image shows scaffolding stacked on the back of a truck in lower Cuba Street on 14 December 2011. Interested in the abstract qualities of the stack – and in the various colours of the steel pipes – I took care not to ‘mystify’ the viewer.
In a press release dated 22 November 2010, Wellington’s Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown said Wellingtonians [had] made it clear during early feedback on the [Manners Mall] project that they weren’t happy to lose public space and as a result, the idea of a shared space in lower Cuba Street was developed where pedestrians will have priority.
“The work in lower Cuba Street is due to start in January and be finished ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup. Lots of deciduous trees and native plants will be planted, so during spring and summer particularly, the area will be a lot greener and more attractive than it is at the moment. The changes will create a more appealing link from Cuba Mall to Civic Square and the waterfront and help rejuvenate this area.” (from a press release dated 22 November 2010)
Read more on http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=29750.