A Neil Dawson installation that was gifted to the Christchurch City Council by the City of Sydney in 2007.
Fanfare is New Zealand's largest work of public sculpture. Fanfare is 20 metres in diameter, 24 metres high and weighs 25 tonnes. Covering the structure are 360 steel fans, each 1.5 metres in diameter. It has been installed at Christchurch's northern entrance at Chaney's Corner, Main North Road. It was dedicated on 10 June 2015 by: Aroha Reriti-Crofts, Ngāi Tūāhuriri Runanga, Honourable Maggie Barry ONZM, Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage, Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch.
The sculpture was gifted to the Christchurch City Council by the City of Sydney, where it was originally suspended from the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the City of Sydney’s 2005 New Year celebrations. Fanfare has a value of close to $3 million which has been funded by gifts, sponsorship, donations and grants from a large number of organisations. Christchurch City Council has contributed $350,000 (from its Public Art Fund) towards the sculpture which is being installed by SCAPE Public Art.
Refurbishment and installation at Chaney's Corner has been assisted with in-kind services and cash donations by a number of companies and a 'fan club' of individuals.
Neil Dawson has produced many sculptures throughout New Zealand, as well as in Australia, Asia, Britain, the US and Europe. His work includes Chalice in Cathedral Square, Christchurch; Ferns in Civic Square, Wellington; and Feather from Afar, in Shanghai, China.