Big Fruit
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The Big Fruit sculpture refurbishment in Cromwell is on target to be finished by next week.

Central Otago District Council contracted Naylor Love of Queenstown to carry out the sculpture repaint at Cromwell’s entrance.

Work started last Thursday and was expected to take about 10 days.

Central Otago District Council Parks and Recreation Manager Gordon Bailey said he hoped work would be completed by Monday weather permitting.

“Weather is the challenge.”

People would be seeing the same sculpture but revitalised, he said.

“The fruit colours will be refreshed and more vibrant.” The paint treatment method being used would minimise fading by the sun and extend the frequency the fruit needed to be repainted.

Two bids were received in response to the advertised tender, and both were within the allocated budget for the work.

The cost is just under $80,000.