"The void of the doorway is a rudder formation and symbolically memorialises our migrant cultures. The front view is of black marble not unlike the view of the night sky, and its high polish reflects the image of the viewer. The vivid blue and white strips of the reverse side are abstracted panoramic streams of sea and sky."
~ quoted from Wellington Sculpture Trust listing
An information panel installed with the work reads:
"Come and walk through 'Rudderstone'. 'The void is in a rudder formation and symbolically memorialises our migrant cultures. The rudder is a guiding principle, a device that steers us on our journey.' To walk through Rudderstone 'engages the body in a metaphor for the journey that the New World we live in challenges us to take'; the transition from old to new. On the near side, black mica-flecked granite alludes to the night sky, and the Old World. On the far side – the New World – blue azul marble from Brazil (the sea) and white Carrara marble from Italy (the sky) together create a panorama that is in 'the mind’s eye of Pacific Coast dwellers and maritime voyagers'." [Quotes from O’Connor]