Arts & Culture

Parnell is known as the most established gallery precinct in Auckland with arguably the largest number of galleries on a single street plus some significant landmark sculptural pieces.

The galleries regularly change their exhibitions and auction offerings.

Terry Stringer’s Mountain Fountain

One of Auckland’s best known art works, Terry Stringer’s Mountain Fountain is situated in the grounds of the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Mountain Fountain is given prominence at its new location at the busy intersection of Parnell Road and St Stephens Avenue. At night, new and improved lighting dramatically showcases the sculpture against the Cathedral’s complementary roofline, giving Mountain Fountain a greater presence than it enjoyed at Aotea Square.

Mountain Fountain was removed from Aotea Square in October 2008, due to the square’s redevelopment. A decision was made to relocate the sculpture and after exploring a number of sites, the grounds of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell was supported by public feedback, the artist Terry Stringer, the Advisory Panel for Public Art and the Cathedral Council.

Councillor Greg Moyle, chairperson of the Arts, Culture and Recreation Committee, says: “The fountain is an excellent fit with the architecture of the cathedral and the design of the forecourt.”

“It also fulfills architect Professor Toy’s original vision for the cathedral – to have an artwork located next to it and the council’s promise to Terry Stringer to preserve and protect this important public work of art.”

The Mountain Fountain is a great addition to Parnell.

Address: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Cnr Parnell Rd & St Stephen’s Ave, Parnell