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  • Sacha,

    They could turn it off at night, or have it scuttle under some digital foliage. And that scrubby hillflank is not that widely visible.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Islander - I know it might seem irrational, but I blame it on being chased by nasty older boys armed with wetas, as a small child. I've had too many shocks from wetas in gumboots, shoes, coat sleeves, suitcases, letterboxes, on curtains, behind paintings on the wall, and worst of in in bed in the dark, to feel delighted to be in close proximity to them. Although I would never want to hurt one and I defend their right to exist and thrive, just not close to me. I have tried desensitisation by visiting the weta hotels at the Karori sanctuary (but those giant wetas aren't so scary), and pictures and other images. I know they are benign and gentle (and I'm not bothered by spiders, or insects - though flying night-time huhus aren't pleasant), but I still don't want a giant weta hologram hovering around Wellington.
    Now a manatee would be a different proposition.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3226 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    No, not irrational, Hilary. Most of us have fears of one kind or another: for example, I'm claustrophobic and cannot stand heights, and I know quite a few friends who dont find insects or arachnids pleasant to have about...probably the giant manatee is not a goer (way too sensible a beast to have anything to do with the Jackson/Taylor empire.)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I'm not imagining "hovering" - only at ground level on that hillside.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Sacha, there is already some nice public art in that area in the form of the wind sculptures. The giant orange needle, the coloured boxes that require a bit of a gale to rotate all at once, the swaying grass and the much vandalised light circles. As well as the sea, the shoreline and the hills. I don't think we need anything on that hillside, apart from the 'Vote Annette King for Rongotai' notice that appears there briefly every 3 years.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3226 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I get the impression you are not being offered "do nothing" as an option

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    Somewhat late, I have my own idea for the sign Wellington needs
    flickr link

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    David Hood - yup. Cool. Now, can we just put up effective laser signs throughout the archipelago saying just that?
    Effective = whenever mining-type machinery comes close it is evaporated?
    Thank you.

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    Now a manatee would be a different proposition.

    Indeed. You could combine it with lettering and a sculpture to recreate this famous scene.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Somehow I doubt that would comfort nearby air travellers

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

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