Piecing it together
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.