Like many Wellingtonians, I’ve been watching with interest as our new Supreme Court takes shape and had decided that it’s pretty ugly. It makes me think of Auschwitz, of captivity – I really can’t explain that. I must’ve seen a commemorative sculpture at some stage that has similar metalwork…and it reminds me.
But yesterday, a beautifully sunny day, I drove past and as I looked up I saw passing red glints. I momentarily thought I’d seen stained glass. Deciding that it was the effect of the bronze/coppery colour metalwork catching the sun, I decided it warranted further investigation. Those few brief seconds had made me feel a little differently about the ugly metalwork.
So today, I walked past and even though today was a dull overcast day, I saw the red glints again. And there you have it, fragments of beauty among the tortured metal. I think there must be a message in there somewhere.