Piec­ing it to­gether

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

A mo­saic made with the help of Corn­wall Cres res­i­dents and lo­cal art-lovers is well on its way to be­ing the fo­cus of the Te Maara com­mu­nity gar­den in Can­nons Creek.

Artist Kerry Scott has been at work on the the sec­ond sec­tion of the three-piece in­stal­la­tion in a work­shop at Pataka Mu­seum and Gallery.

The sec­tion was laid into place on Fe­bru­ary 12 by about 13 helpers from the neigh­bour­hood and a group of Com­mu­nity Max work­ers.

Ms Scott was ap­proached by Keep Porirua Beau­ti­ful to base the pro­ject at Pataka so the pub­lic could be in­volved in its cre­ation.

‘‘The trans­fer method of work­ing means that peo­ple can come and go, help with bits and pieces here and there, and then I can still keep on work­ing on it.

‘‘They don’t have to be mak­ing the mo­saic; they can be in­volved in many dif­fer­ent lev­els and in many dif­fer­ent ways,’’ she said.

A draw­ing of the mo­saic is sketched onto card­board then the tiles are cut up to build the pic­ture.

Pieces are then pasted to trans­fer pa­per so they can be trans­ported to the site and in­stalled. ‘‘It’s teach­ing, but it’s very or­ganic too. ‘‘We have in­cor­po­rated a lot of their own pic­tures so the work just [grows] by it­self,’’ Ms Scott says.

The com­pleted art work will fea­ture three cir­cles, the first with two in­ter­lock­ing koru mir­ror­ing the shape of the gar­den, rep­re­sent­ing the wider com­mu­nity work­ing to­ward one goal.

The sec­ond piece, called The Shar­ing Tree, in­cor­po­rates ideas from the com­mu­nity about shar­ing and wildlife, while car­toons of ac­tual res­i­dents and pic­tures they have drawn will make up the fi­nal sec­tion.

Keep Porirua Beau­ti­ful’s John Pop­ple­ton says the pro­ject has been suc­cess­ful in get­ting peo­ple ex­cited about the gar­dens.

He says a jig­saw from the com­pleted art­work is one idea be­ing con­sid­ered to pro­mote Te Maara @ Corn­wall in the wider com­mu­nity.

To get in­volved in the pro­ject visit Te Maara@Corn­wall on Face­book or call Kerry Scott on 021 408 412.

Piec­ing to­gether: Com­mu­nity artist Kerry Jane Scott, and Keep Porirua Beau­ti­ful’s John Pop­ple­ton have been col­lab­o­rat­ing on a new mo­saic in­stal­la­tion at Te Maara com­mu­nity gar­den in Porirua East.

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