Waste tubes utilised

Central Leader - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

A YEAR’S worth of rub­bish will be in­stalled in the Auck­land Art Gallery’s atrium tomorrow.

Hot on the heels of the Big Day Out the gallery is hold­ing its an­nual Big Day Art, which ex­plores ev­ery­day cre­ativ­ity through a se­ries of hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties.

The event will fea­ture the artis­tic stylings of The Roots, a col­lec­tive of cre­ative in­di­vid­u­als who en­gage the com­mu­nity in sus­tain­able art projects.

The col­lec­tive will be in­stalling a dy­namic move­able sculp­ture com­prised of card­board tub­ing col­lected by The Roots mem­ber Martin Lang­don.

He no­ticed that the refuse from his day job as a graphic de­signer was not be­ing put to good use, so he started squir­rel­ing away un­wanted card­board tubes.

‘‘Af­ter that I de­vel­oped a re­la­tion­ship with the tubes and was re­ally see­ing its po­ten­tial in a dif­fer­ent way,’’ he says.

‘‘Then this op­por­tu­nity comes up where we can ac­tu­ally ap­ply this and help other peo­ple see the po­ten­tial and maybe think about the waste that they have in their in­dus­try and their house­hold, and re­pur­pos­ing it.’’

The tubes have been cut and painted dif­fer­ent colours for the in­stal­la­tion. They can be slot­ted into pur­pose-built bases and re­ar­ranged into dif­fer­ent for­ma­tions by gallery-go­ers.

‘‘Peo­ple can play and make and spell out their name, build rooms and walls. Any­thing that they want to do with that ma­te­rial within that space,’’ Mr Lang­don says.

‘‘So it’s about their in­no­va­tions and the shared ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween the par­ents, the kids and the other peo­ple build­ing in the space.’’

The in­stal­la­tion will be in the North Atrium for a week.

Gallery com­mu­nity learn­ing co­or­di­na­tor Meg Ni­coll says The Roots col­lec­tive was cho­sen for the Big Day Art be­cause of its goal of in­spir­ing young peo­ple through cre­ativ­ity.

‘‘We can’t wait to see The Roots’ in­stal­la­tion evolve as visi­tors take part on the day and through­out the week,’’ she says.

The Big Day Art is for all ages and is free of charge. Visit auck­lan­dart­gallery.com for a full sched­ule of events.


Root down: Martin Le­ung-Wai, Martin Lang­don and Petelo Esekielu from The Roots are in­stalling a move­able sculp­ture at Auck­land Art Gallery made from more than 300 card­board tubes.

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