Apple Core, by Fish Aberadi

Today Hastings’ CBD got a little more interesting.

Apple Core, the latest inspirational installation from the mind of Hawke’s Bay public art staple, Fish Aberadi, brings life to the far corner of the Municipal Building’s block on Heretaunga Street.

For the next four weeks, thanks to Hastings’ Vibrancy Fund, the eyes of passers by will be delighted by the 3.5 metre high revolving creation, illuminated from within. After its four week stint it will be put up for sale through Fish Aberadi Sculpture, allowing its dynamic, aspirational glow to be owned in its forever home.

Constructed in Aberadi’s signature style, the piece was painstakingly created with over 200 hours of manpower by the artist and his team from recycled Matai, salvaged from Ahuriri’s Williams and Kettle building. Meticulous planning was required to work out the precise angles to which each piece needed to be milled to fit together with perfection, before assembly in three wooden parts. Its crowning glory, a copper leaf and stalk, was constructed by Napier sculptor Glen Colechin. Dynamism is added, thanks to engineer Dan Simons, with an electric motor at its core, which makes it spin, and a glowing orb that shines from its heart, making it a warm and welcoming beacon on early winter nights.

Inspiration for Apple Core came first from within, from Aberadi’s self proclaimed “current focus on my own core self, through grounding, healing and strengthening.”

From these beginnings of self exploration, the artist extrapolated to the region as a whole. As one of our driving primary industries, the apple is a fitting symbol of Hawke’s Bay. But rather than presenting a whole, abundant apple, Aberadi chose to represent just the core, reflecting that since the cyclone, “our region has been eaten away, yet the strong core remains, embedded with seeds for a bright future.”

Such hopefulness, both individually and collectively, surely must be the deepest purpose of public art – to give the masses something to look up to, to raise the region’s spirits, to revitalise the tired, and to spur us on to greatness in the face of adversity.

Aberadi reflects this purpose, choosing to “channel my personal metaphor through this project while feeling open hearted to the idea that the people of Hawke’s Bay may find familiarity, comfort and inspiration in the work that is much bigger than simply myself.”

As midwinter approaches this revolving piece of art will undoubtedly bring a little more sorely needed joy, and yes, vibrancy to Hastings. 


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