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Ghost Tower reinstated

Wednesday July 15 2015

Photo of Ghost Tower sculpture.

On April 17, 2014 the upper part of the Ghost Tower was damaged by 93 kilometre an hour winds.

Victoria Blockley-Powell, acting manager community engagement, says at the time the damage occurred, the sculpture had not yet been handed over to Palmerston North City Council and as such was still owned by the Trust.

The Trust arranged for the sculpture to be fixed by the artist who created the sculpture - Paihiatua-born artist Louise Purvis.

Ms Blockley-Powell says the reinstatement of the Ghost Tower complies with New Zealand Building Code requirements and once it is finished, a Construction Review Producer Statement, PS4, will be completed. "While construction is underway the area will be cordoned off from the public due to health and safety rules - we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause."

Artist, Louise Purvis originally spent six months creating the sculpture and is partly inspired by the television tower on Mount Wharite which has been a backdrop to residents of both sides of the mountains for many generations.

The Palmerston North Public Sculpture Trust has delivered eight public art sculptures to the Palmerston North Central Business District and is partly funded by Council. The Trust has two more sculptures to complete.

Palmerston North City Council Arts and Culture Portfolio spokesperson, Councillor Jim Jefferies, says the Trust and its members have been very generous to our city. The Trust has contributed half of the funds required for each sculpture - and in many cases much more.

"The Trustees will leave a lasting impact on our city for generations to come. It will inspire our children, ourselves and visitors to our city to look at the world differently and to encourage us to give back to the city we love so much."

Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith says he is really pleased to see the Ghost Tower being reinstalled.

"It took some time to repair and we also needed to fit in with the demands and schedule of the artist," he says.

Once work is completed, the Ghost Tower will be gifted to the city of Palmerston North and be held in perpetuity by the Palmerston North City Council.