The three-metre high sculpture is situated on the paved area near the Council Chambers underpass so that both pedestrians and motorists alike can view it from all sides.
The sculpture, by respected New Zealand artist Terry Stringer, is entitled Spirit of Place, and has been recreated from one of his Body Language series of sculptures.
The sculpture is made up of fragments of body extremities, a head, a hand and a foot which blend together to make the shape of a figure, standing poised with its head tilted. The head, with a winged temple, suggests thoughts taking flight and faces the learning institutions across the bridge. The hand holds a horn of plenty and is oriented towards the café area of George Street, and the foot, as seen from the square side, holds a rose between its toes, reflecting the enjoyment of the nature that flourishes there.
Sculptor Terry Stringer is a leading New Zealand artist. His works are exhibited in high profile public sites throughout New Zealand, including Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.
The sculpture is the fifth in a series of sculptures commissioned by the Palmerston North Sculpture Trust.