Under the ceaseless movement of the ‘Wind Wand' sits a new terraced green space that reconnects the city with its foreshore.
New Plymouth is New Zealand's largest west coast city, but like many New Zealand cities, it had over time turned its back on the sea. In the "Mountain to the Sea" masterplan for the city centre, New Plymouth District Council recognised the potential for the city to readdress its coastal edge environment. Puke Ariki Landing is a key component in the reconnection of the city centre to the coastal edge and forms part of the wider New Plymouth Foreshore project.
Located between the Puke Ariki Museum and Library and the Huatoki Stream, the park links the city centre and the coastal edge. It is a terraced green space that physically reconnects the city with the foreshore through a wide pedestrian crossing and an upgraded pedestrian underpass follow-ing the stream. The design extends the city grid across the arterial road and railway line to termi-nate at the coastal walkway piers facing out over the ocean.
At this junction between landing and coastal walkway, the ‘Wind Wand', a 45 metre-high sculpture by Len Lye, has been strategically placed as a significant landmark. The wind wand ceaselessly re-sponds to and amplifies the movement of the winds that blow through the town from across the ocean. The terraces and lawns provide seating edges and picnic spaces for the community to enjoy this valued open space and recreation asset.
Isthmus was engaged to provide landscape architecture and urban design services, from concept design through to construction supervision, for the delivery of this new public park.