Public Art

Invercargill is famous for its wide boulevard-like streets - many of which have displays of public art, including sculptures and murals.

As you explore Invercargill, don't forget to keep an eye out for the following public artworks:

The Blade of Grass

Located outside the Invercargill City Council Building in Esk Street, the Blade of Grass is a steel kinetic sculpture.  As you watch the sculpture turns and changes perspective.  It symbolises the importance of grass to the pastural economy of Southland.  The sculpture was created by Mrs P. I. Wilson in 1971 and was the winning entry in a sculpture competition to mark the centennial of Invercargill.  It has the following meaning: Points upward: Aspiration, growth & progress; Entwined: Strength linked for co-operation; Revolving: For an all round view.

The Umbrella in Don Street

Created by Russell Beck, the 5.2m diameter stainless steel umbrella is both a sundial and a star map aligned with the southern celestial pole.  Installed for the new millenium, the umbrella shelters the surnames of the people recorded as living in Invercargill at the time.

Weka Statue Esk Street

This bronze statue of a Weka (a native New Zealand bird sometimes referred to as a bush hen) was donated by former Invercargill businessman Cliff Broad to celebrate Invercargill's sesquicentenary in 2006.

Cube of Learning

Situated on the wide median strip in Tay Street, opposite the Southern Institute of Technology main campus, the Cube of Learning was a joint project between the Invercargill City Council and the Southern Institue of Technology.

Created by Russell Beck and erected in August 2002, the Cube is a clever optical illusion.  Cubes represent the building blocks of knowledge but this is actually a rhombohedron with a hexagonal profile.  The theme is 'not everyting is what it seems and one must question and investigate'.

Burt Munro

The statue of Invercargill legend Burt Munro can be found on the Gala Street Reserve near Queen's Park's Feldwick Gates.

Sculpted by McMillan Art bronze sculptor Roddy McMillan, the statue is 4.5 metres long and shows Burt Munro crouching down in his 1920 Indian motorcyle.  The statue was installed in 2011.

Tuatara of Southland

A bronze statue of a Tuatara sits on a rock outside the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.  Sculpted by artist Margriet Windshausen, it was a millenium project by the Rotary Clubs of Invercargill, the Invercarglil City Council and the Community Trust of Southland.  The statue was unveiled on 30 April 2000.

Whale Tail

The 7 metre by 10 whale tail was designed by Hawkes Bay artist David Trubridge and was the winner of the South Alive sculpture competition.

Funded by a $100,000 grant from former Invercargill businessman Cliff Broad, the sculpture is located at the entrance of Russell Square on the corner of Dalrymple Street and Elles Road in South Invercargill.

Murals

Battle of Bannockburn - painted on The Scottish Hall in Esk Street, this mural is based on a scene from Robert the Bruce's Battle of Bannockburn and shows Stirling Castle in the background.  It was painted in 2017 by artist Deow (Danny Owen) at the request of Mayor Tim Shadbolt.

Barclay Lane Mural - painted in 2016 by artist Deow (Danny Owen) the mural shows native birds, including a Weka and Tui.