Peter Nicholls



  • Sculpture


  • Paint
  • Wood


  • Approx. H7000 x W5100 x D3200mm

Peter Nicholls, ‘Bridge’ (1985), Union Lawn, Main Campus, University of Otago, Main Campus, North Dunedin, Ōtepoti Dunedin.

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


This work "refers broadly to the function of a University. The title of the work is a metaphorical statement referring to the previous function of the Australian hardwood beams, which were recycled from a South Island railway viaduct. The structure also acts as a framing device through which to view the site, formally echoing the Victorian Gothic roof angles of the buildings nearby."

~ quote from Ali Bramwell et al. Otago Sculpture Trails : University Walk. Otago Sculpture Trust 2003.

“The work was designed to enhance the existing architecture. The bridge can be seen as a metaphorical symbol of unity between people or new goals. It is constructed in sections representing the different stages of life.”

– text via University of Otago