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Scarves on Statues – Solace in the Wind

This wonderful sculpture by Englishman Max Patte is situated on a quietish part of the Wellington waterfront. Patte lived in New Zealand while working for Weta Workshops on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. During a difficult time in his life, he found solace by standing there on the edge of the dock and leaning out into the wind. This inspired him to create the statue and gift it to the city of Wellington.

I love the way so much of Wellington’s public art embraces the wind, a prominant feature of the climate in our nation’s capital. It’s part of the New Zealand psyche that we take ownership of our flaws, embrace them and show pride in them. In that spirit, I bestow upon this man a Roma scarf. After the season we are having, all we can do now is embrace our turnstile defence and look for solace wherever we may find it.

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here]

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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots football enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent club on earth - A.S. Roma. More info (including e-mail address) can be found here: https://in-the-back-of-the.net/about/

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