Artist: Guy Ngan Title: Cityscape Medium: Cast aluminium with spot and concealed lighting Dimensions: H1400 x W6000 x D200mm Date: 1980 Original location: Public banking hall, Eastern and Central Savings Bank, Broadway Avenue, Te Papaioea Palmerston North Architect: Milton Brogden Current location: Exterior wall Palmerston North City Library, above George Street steps. Heritage status:Listed by Palmerston North Public Sculpture Trust
Cityscape was originally commisssioned in 1980 by the Eastern and Central Savings Bank for their Broadway Avenue premises. The sculpture was made from cast aluminium using the ‘lost polystyrene’ process involving carved polystyrene which dissolved during casting. The pieces were then interlocked and bolted together.
When the building was sold, the six meter long work was too large for the redeveloped interior so was put into storage in a garage/shed as an asset of the then building owner. There it sat for some years until Fran Dibble (wife of sculptor Paul Dibble) rediscovered it following research. It was subsequently donated to the Palmerston North Sculpture Trust by the descendants of J.J. Waldegrave. With the assistance of the Central Energy Trust, the Guardian Trust and the Palmerston North City Library it was re-sited in 2008 to an exterior wall of the Palmerston North City Library above the George St steps.