Prow & Capital


Matt Pine



  • Sculpture


  • Stone


  • Capital: H2550 x W1300 x D1530mm; Prow: H2550 x 1300 x D1300mm

Matt Pine (Te Āti Hau-Nui-a-Pāpārangi, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa), ‘Prow & Capital’ (1992), Te Ngākau Civic Square, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Images: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021


Sculptural elements marking the entry to the City to Sea Bridge these pieces have been carved out of Oamaru Stone and are accompanied by a black plaque. 'Capital' is based on Euro-classical architectural elements while 'Prow' depicts the prow of a waka with Taniko woven edge motif.

A plaque installed with the work reads:

“Capital and Prow / The sculptures by Matt Pine on either side of the stairs are part of aseries of 10 works called Reflections on an Ancient Past. / Capital (above) is based on European classical architectural elements with koru form on the edges. / Prow (on the other side) depicts a Maori canoe prow with Taniko weave motif on the edges – a mix of European and Maori cultural elements.”