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1997A STUDY BY THE ROBERT MCDOUGALL ART GALLERYPUBLIC ART IN CENTRAL CHRISTCHURCH Public Art In Central ChristchurchA Study by the Robert McDougall Art Gallery1997Compiled by Simone Stephens PrefaceChristchurch has an acknowledged rich heritage of public art and historically, whilst it may not be able to claim theearliest public monument in New Zealand, it does have the earliest recognised commissioned commemorativesculpture in the form of the Godley statue by Thomas Woolner. This was unveiled in August 1867.Since that date the city has acquired a wide range of public art works that now includes fountains and murals as wellas statues and sculpture.In 1983 the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, with the assistance of two researchers on a project employment scheme,undertook to survey and document 103 works of art in public places throughout Christchurch. Unfortunately eventhough this was completed, time did not permit in-depth research, or funding enable full publication of findings.Early in ...