OnDo Giant Noodle Sculpture – Auckland, New Zealand - Gastro Obscura
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Auckland, New Zealand

OnDo Giant Noodle Sculpture

In an Auckland neighborhood, looming chopsticks lift noodles from the sidewalk. 

Sorry, OnDo Giant Noodle Sculpture is permanently closed.

On the bus route from Auckland airport to the central business district (CBD), you may notice, among the trees, shops, and clusters of Korean and Vietnamese restaurants, a sculpture of giant floating chopsticks lifting long noodles from the sidewalk in front of Ballantyne Square.

No, it’s not a garish ad for a nearby ramen restaurant. The orange construction fencing that surrounds the sculpture, titled OnDo, makes it seem unfinished, but that’s actually one of the most important parts of the piece. The artist, Seung Yul Oh, wanted the sculpture to add a fantastic element to ongoing road construction in the area. The chopsticks appear to be pulling the gray noodles (which resemble cables), from the sidewalk beneath.

The piece was originally controversial, with some complaining about its appearance or that it wasn’t a good use of public art funds. Still, OnDo has plenty of supporters who enjoy its surrealist take on the everyday. It was removed for repairs in 2015, but reinstalled in September 2018, and is once again out for repairs.

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The noodle sculpture has once again been removed for repairs.

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