This sculpture (2004) by the New Zealand/Canadian Steve Woodward is located in front of the Trusts Stadium (map), at the top of the steps leading down to the Douglas Track and Field. At a height of 4.2 metres, it is a massive piece of basalt representing the traditional spinning top, with the bronze spindle above reminding us of the pump-action children’s toy. I was very surprised when I learned that this sculpture actually moves:
“The sculpture is mounted on a hidden bearings system, enabling people to, with moderate effort, turn the ‘top’.” (From notes at http://stephen.woodward.free.fr/spin.swf.) Of course, I had to try it, and indeed it turns, the effort being commensurate with the significant mass of the piece.
A booklet by Robin Woodward about the artist is available from Whitespace Galleries, Ponsonby, where he had an exhibition of sculptures in September-October 2009. Several other sculptures by this artist are in public spaces in Auckland.