Artist: Guy Ngan
Title: Untitled (Worms Mating)
Medium: Concrete, paint
Dimensions: H4000mm x W3600mm x D2700mm
Original location: Eastern Hutt Rd Roundabout, Stokes Valley, Te Awakairangi Lower Hutt
Current location: In situ
Heritage status: Collection of Hutt City Council [Asset No. 40247.01]
Commissioned by the Stokes Valley Jaycees, Ngan’s sculpture was constructed by Greg Ross in 1976. Originally untitled, Ngan told the Hutt News in 2011 “I thought if I gave it a name, that’s all that people would remember. I wanted them to remember the shape.” Ngan further explained that, years after the sculpture was completed, the daughter of the family doctor said “Uncle Guy, I saw your worms mating.” He loved the description, and it stuck.*
Originally rendered in bare concrete, the sculpture has now been painted white.
A second mating worms sculpture is located at Stokes Valley’s Scott Court shopping centre shops. Titled “Elevating Worms”, and rendered in stainless steel, Ngan was commissioned by the E Tu Awakairangi Public Art Trust to create it in 2011.
*Simon Edwards, “Twin sculpture to Stokes Valley’s mating worms launched,” The Hutt News, 13 Dec 2011.