A Wave in Time is made up of two bronze sculptures, located in Napier’s city centre on Emerson Street. Both pieces of artwork were created by Mark Whyte of Lyttleton commissioned by the Napier City Council.
The first installation was commissioned in 2009. The statue is modelled on Miss Sheila Williams, daughter of E A Williams of the notable architects of the era. Miss Williams will be familiar to many people in Hawke’s Bay - she led the "New Napier Week Carnival" in January 1933 to celebrate the town's recovery from the earthquake.
The work was funded by bequests from the Kingdom Foundation and the Dobson Trust.
The unveiling ceremony of the first sculpture was held on Friday 12 February 2010.
The second sculpture was unveiled in October 2014.
The second bronze piece is of a little boy who appears to have climbed a pole and is waving. It complements the first art deco piece, as the little boy appears to be waving to the sculpture modelled on Miss Sheila Williams.
Whyte majored in stone sculpture at the Ilam School of Fine Arts and is a specialist in stone sculpture, heritage restoration, public statuary in marble and bronze, and bronze portraiture. His earliest work in stone heritage restoration was with Takaka marble for the Wellington Parliament refurbishment project in the early 1990s.
Emerson Street, Napier
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