I wrote about her a while back but today my kids persuaded me to go visit Mary. It was sort of a spur of the moment trip but we ventured up the hill (an easy walk unless you have a pram – which of course I did) but the girls enjoyed a picnic on the lawn in front of her. I have said previously I am not much of a believer in the Christian tradition but there is something usually serene about religious places. Its also oddly reassuring that so many other people believe in something that to me is pretty ephemeral.
“This monument on a hill above Paraparaumu was perhaps not his most ascetically pleasing creation, but over time has become New Zealand’s best-known public artwork. Clearly visible from the main State Highway, experiencing 8 million traffic movements annually, it is expected and accepted on journeys to the capital city. His own assessment of the worth of a statue was “the gravity of the spiritual effect rather than the quantity of material used“.
“best known public artwork” – really?
I read today that if we’d visited between Feb 2-11 2008 I would have got a special plenary indulgence which I am sure I could have found a use for. I am kicking myself for not taking a camera though as it was a sunny day, a great view (“Mum – is Kapiti Island a volcano?”) and there was some amusing tagging about as well. Finally I would have liked to have taken a close up of this:
Which is part of the inscription. Its a bit like the “Sixth Sense” except I don’t see dead people – but McCahon everywhere.