It is September 2019 and the Kaiaua Bird Sculpture has been in place for nearly 15 years now and is due for a new coat of paint and the manufacture and placement of tiles for the steel legs and for the lower section of the plinth.

Nearly two years ago Kaiaua suffered major flooding and a result of storm surge and wave action a metre of the beach frontage was  taken from the high tide interface  and placed on top of the fore shore area  resulting in approximately half a metre of fill being placed around the Bird Sculpture and indeed down most of the western shore of the Firth of Thames. 

This has changed the proportion of plinth to bird; buried the egg- shaped nib wall built with the help of community service workers, and reduced the height of bolsters that were placed in the wall to limit vehicle access to the bird. I think the bird has improved in visual proportion but the has lost out by being half a metre lower and therefore more vulnerable to graffiti type damage to the paintwork on the extreme underside. 

This negative aspect I think can be compensated by the choice of paint finish, regular inspection and maintenance that would not require much or any artistic temperament or skill.