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Dragonfly Sculpture Re-Installation at Kapiolani Park


            Kapiolani Park users will soon welcome the return of a familiar figure.  Technicians from the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts will be reinstalling the larger-than-life dragonfly sculpture, “Pinao,” at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand pool on Wednesday, March 18, 10:00 a.m.


“Pinao” was removed from the park for repairs on February 10.  In June 2008, the sculpture was struck by a falling branch, damaging a wing, the tail, and its alignment.  The artist, Paul Saviskas, conducted the maintenance free of charge.


            “We are thankful to Paul Saviskas for his expression of civic pride by dedicating his time and effort to restoring one of our public art works to its original form,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann.  “Public sculptures beautify and enhance our communities, and are part of Honolulu’s legacy.  I’m delighted to see ‘Pinao’ make its return to Kapiolani Park.”


            “Partnerships with artists such as Paul Saviskas and community organizations provide great support for the City’s efforts to maintain its art collection for the public’s enjoyment and enrichment,” said Michael Pili Pang, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts.  “It’s encouraging to see a piece of Honolulu’s art collection return to its location so it can continue to be a part of Honolulu’s rich culture and history.”


The stainless steel sculpture was acquired by the City in February 2000 and has been a mainstay at the park since it was installed in March 2001.  It is three feet tall and five feet in diameter.


The sculpture is among the more than 80 monuments and sculptures on display for public viewing throughout Oahu.  There are more than 900 items in the City’s art collection.





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