Zephyrometer is a large fibreglass and steel kinetic sculpture by Phil Price located at the corner of Cobham Drive and Evans Bay Parade in Wellington.
The sculpture is the second kinetic work by Phil Price to be installed in Wellington. The dynamic mast-like structure graphically marks out the strength and direction of the prevailing wind with an elegant swaying motion. The shape, construction and movements of the sculpture are beautifully reflective of the site adjacent to the Evan’s Bay Marina.
"It is a giant-sized yet beautiful machine. Its gentle lurching will in its own way gauge the wind of Wellington. It is a type of free-form gauge with a considerable reliance on precision engineering, which I am enjoying because, as well as the work being a scientific concept, it is also a science to design and build. It is like any well-designed object where the beauty is derived through its need to function." - Phil Price
Zephyrometer was presented to the city in 2003, sponsored by Meridian Energy, and assisted by the Wellington City Council.
Image courtesy of Wellington City Council.