Thursday, 25 September 2014

Spirit of Napier

This is Napier's iconic golden girl also widely known as the 'Spirit of Napier'. She stands above the Gilray Fountain along Marine Parade. 

The statue, fountain and decorative gardens are dedicated to the memory of a Dr. Thomas Gilray OBE, a former Superintendent of Napier Hospital. 

Hungarian born artist Frank Szirmay was inspired by characteristics of the Art Deco period and designed the naked form of an upward reaching young woman, which represents Napier rising from the ashes of the 1931 earthquake.

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