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Bring Metal McCaw to Christchurch

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A Chinese artist whose offer to build a metal sculpture of Richie McCaw for the Auckland waterfront was rejected by Auckland Council in 2012 has gone ahead and done it anyway. 

Yang Yi, an AUT University graduate whose larger-than-life metal sculptures of Transformer robots have featured in China and Singapore, is looking for a home for the McCaw sculpture, which he is calling the “Undefeated Kiwi”.

“The sculpture is something all Kiwis can identify with, and I believe it will also be a great tourist attraction with many taking photos with it,” the 32-year-old artist said.

The 7m statue was made from scrap metal and weighs about three tonnes. It is now sitting at Yang’s studio in his home city of Shiyan in China. 

“I spent around $80,000 over the last two years to create this sculpture, which I feel portrays the true spirit of New Zealanders,” Yang said.

The sculpture shows a man in the image of McCaw holding a rugby ball in a running position.

“I chose Richie McCaw because the sculpture reflects the precious spirit of all New Zealanders through rugby and Richie is one of the outstanding representatives,” Yang said.

“It captures the never-say-die, never-give-up and ever-forward-moving attitude of New Zealanders through the sport of rugby.”

Yang has written to Rugby New Zealand for support, and says although money is not his concern, he hopes whoever adopts the statue will help contribute to at least part of the cost.

“I wish to dedicate it to all New Zealanders and through it boost the morale of the All Blacks,” he said.


I am petitioning the Christchurch City Council to have this statue brought to Christchurch and installed out the front of the new Multi-Use Arena (aka Stadium) when it is built (hopefully some time in the next 10 years).

If the Council are not willing to get involved, then we will crowdfund and display it on a vacant site in the CBD.



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