Art in the outdoors – southern style

J B Thomson’s bequest: Invercargill businessman John Bruce Thomson (1873-1956) bequeathed £30,000 ‘‘‘to provide something for the enjoyment of children’’ which was used to develop the statuary — bronze lions, eagle, seals, fountain and various animals and fish surrounding the fountain’s rim — in the Queens Park children’s playground. Sir Charles Wheeler, KCVO, CBE, PRA was the sculptor and it was unveiled on April 16, 1966, by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

Invercargill is blessed with a diversity of outdoor art.
During the recent Covid-19 lockdown there were plenty of opportunities for people to walk or bike and check out some of the art from huge sculptures and large murals to delicate glassworks and heritage pieces scattered throughout the city and parks.
Here are a few to whet the appetite. Photos: Jenet Gellatly