25 February 2021

Pop Up Penguins charity auction nets just over $1 million


Just over $1 million has been netted for the sale of more than 50 giant penguin sculptures in Christchurch.

The Pop Up Penguins art trail enlivened Canterbury after the sculptures were installed in public places between Rangiora and Akaroa in December and January.

Thousands of people visited the sculptures, which were decorated by some of New Zealand’s most exciting artists.

The sculptures were sold at auction on Wednesday evening with about 75 per cent of the proceeds going to the Cholmondeley Children's Centre.

Pop Up Penguin Shy-no-more by Deb Robinson was one of the top sellers, going for $36,000.
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Pop Up Penguin Shy-no-more by Deb Robinson was one of the top sellers, going for $36,000.

Wild in Art event producer Claire Cowles, who helped organise Pop Up Penguins, said the sales totalled $1,007,300, with the Shy-no-more and Mischievous penguins netting the most at $36,000 each.