City street sculpture ready for repair
The Kite Flyer statue stands on Parchment Street near the junction with St George’s Street, but it is believed that a storm damaged the piece and snapped the golden kite last year.
The work needs to be repaired and scaffolding has been erected to allow access.
It was originally erected by the city council in 2009 to increase the interest of passers-by from the main street to explore the side street, full of independent shops and businesses.
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Created by Marzia Colonna, it is a bronze figure of a young man piloting a golden kite while crossing a bridge nearly six meters above the street.
The deck on which the flyer was built by the Metal Art Design foundry in Denmead and includes two other kites and playful ‘strings’ that tangle around the steel structure.
The origin of the artwork dates back to 2004 when the city council reversed the flow of traffic on the one-way street, resulting in a sharp drop in passing trade.
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