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The sculpture Toroa (1989) by Peter Nicholls on Otago Harbour in Dunedin, New Zealand, Dec 2018.jpg
Toroa (1989) by Peter Nicholls
Artist Peter Nicholls
Year 1989
Medium timber
Subject Northern royal albatross
Dimensions 4 m (13 ft)
Location Dunedin, New Zealand
Coordinates 45°52′45.8″S 170°30′23.1″E / 45.879389°S 170.506417°E / -45.879389; 170.506417Coordinates: 45°52′45.8″S 170°30′23.1″E / 45.879389°S 170.506417°E / -45.879389; 170.506417

Toroa is a 1989 sculpture by New Zealand artist Peter Nicholls. It is located on the foreshore of Otago Harbour in the city of Dunedin, New Zealand. It is part of the collection of Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

The work stands 4 metres (13 ft) in height, and is created from large cuts of wood arrayed so as to represent the wings of an albatross (toroa is the Māori word for albatross). Dunedin's Otago Peninsula, visible from the sculpture's site, is the location of the only breeding colony of royal albatross on an inhabited mainland. Academic Peter Leech has commented that Toroa captures "the paradox of flight in that winged ponderousness and spine muscularity of the bird heaving its half ton-ness off the ground in a ruffle of massive feathers."

The sculpture Toroa (1989) by Peter Nicholls as it appears in October 2020
Toroa in October 2020, after the original macrocarpa was replaced with purpleheart.

Toroa was originally created from macrocarpa timber, which was prone to weathering, and was reconstructed in South American purpleheart hardwood in 2020.

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