Art invites anyone to jam
A temporary art project invites Aucklanders to find their rhythm.
POP percussion stands have been set up around the city and anyone is invited to stop and play.
And just in case anyone wondered what the stands were for, the Haere Mai Taiko drummers have been banging, crashing and tapping their tunes all over Ponsonby.
After performing on some of New Zealand’s biggest stages, taking their act to the street was a new experience for the drummers. The Pop Percussion stands are slightly different to their usual instruments.
‘‘It took a little while to figure out what we could play,’’ Taiko drummer Helen Au says. ‘‘It’s a bit different but we can improvise.’’
The stands are proving popular, particularly when people are waiting for public transport.
‘‘In the mornings we’ll see people sitting and playing,’’ Auckland Council arts and culture adviser Tracey Williams says.
‘‘It’s in the dead times we’ve created that interruption that gets people involved.’’
POP is supported by the Waitemata Local Board and is driven by the idea of presenting the city in a new way, using creativity and innovation to engage people.
Local board chairman Shale Chambers says there is a chance for all Aucklanders to get in on the action.
‘‘[The projects] all have different levels of quirkiness to them. They get people to stop for a moment and bring art to the street.
‘‘The idea is to get the reserved Aucklanders picking up things and doing something,’’ he says.
Haere Mai Taiko drummers Helen Au and Fumiko Goodhue play an impromptu show at a Pop percussion stand in Ponsonby.