Art­work de­picts Mt Al­bert

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Lisa Sloan

A square of lace, a jar of jam, a rail­way cross­ing, a rocket and a big red tree.

Th­ese are just some of the in­gre­di­ents that make up the recipe for Mt Al­bert.

Artist Zoe Nash dis­cov­ered this when she put to­gether a new art work to be dis­played out­side the Mt Al­bert Com­mu­nity and Re­cre­ation Cen­tre.

She spent six months re­search­ing what Mt Al­bert means to its res­i­dents and in­cor­po­rated her find­ings into the piece.

It was of­fi­cially un­veiled last week­end and Ms Nash is thrilled with the re­sult.

“I’m re­ally pleased with how it’s come to­gether, the de­tails are very sub­tle but the more you look at it the more you see,” she says.

“The best part has been see­ing the joy on peo­ple’s faces when they recog­nise pieces they’ve con­trib­uted to.”

The Mt Al­bert art project was or­gan­ised as part of the Auck­land City Coun­cil’s strong com­mu­ni­ties pro­gramme, which aims to bring lo­cal peo­ple to­gether.

As a Mt Al­bert lo­cal, Ms Nash was hired to re­search and de­sign the art­work.

She or­gan­ised a se­ries of pub­lic meet­ings, work­shops and tours around Mt Al­bert and com­bined all the re­sult­ing pho­tos, draw­ings and images to­gether.

In­cluded in the art­work are sym­bols of Mt Al­bert’s colo­nial past – his­toric build­ings such as Al­ber­ton, Fern­dale, and He­bron Chris­tian Col­lege, cows, bun­ga­lows and farm­ing ma­chin­ery.

Cul­tural sym­bols such as Pa­cific in­spired pat­terns, Pun­jabi em­broi­dery, Chi­nese and Ja­panese bro­cades and Mid­dle East­ern dec­o­ra­tions also fea­ture.

The green spa­ces and parks of Mt Al­bert are re­ferred to through ferns, flax, na­tive and im­ported trees, ducks, birds, wa­ter lilies and more.

Home-made jam and peggy squares, a child’s de­sign of the rocket at Rocket Park, lo­cal churches, schools and a red tree sculp­ture which sits in the fields of the Mt Al­bert com­mu­nity cen­tre can also be seen.

Ms Nash says the best part of the project was giv­ing peo­ple in the com­mu­nity a chance to be in­volved.

“It’s nice to give their mem­o­ries a new lease of life and I have en­joyed see­ing peo­ple look for their ideas in the work,” she says.

Ms Nash says there has been a lot of fo­cus on neg­a­tive as­pects of Mt Al­bert lately so the work is de­signed to show what is good about liv­ing in the sub­urb.

Auck­land city coun­cil­lor Paul Gold­smith says the project was a means of draw­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether.

“The re­sult is quite won­der­ful re­ally,” he says.

“It has a lot of quirks and in­ter­est and a lot of res­o­nance for peo­ple.”

The art­work is dis­played at the Mt Al­bert Com­mu­nity and Re­cre­ation Cen­tre, 773 New North Rd.

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