New tower built up to take fall

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - CHRIS­TINE WALSH

A new tower is set to scale New Ply­mouth city’s skyscape with sculp­tural qual­i­ties in­spired by Taranaki’s coastal set­ting and its re­la­tion­ship to the sea.

The Peo­ple’s Tower will be unique and un­like the re­gion’s lat­est ar­chi­tec­tural land­mark it won’t be con­structed of curved stain­less steel and con­crete.

The build­ing’s cre­ation is in the hands of French vis­ual de­signer Olivier Gros­setete and his ar­chi­tec­tural vi­sions are de­signed with paper prod­ucts in mind.

About 1200 card­board boxes and tape will be used to erect the free­stand­ing struc­ture at Pukekura Park’s cricket pitch on Septem­ber 2. It is set to be a high­light of the Taranaki Arts Fes­ti­val 2017, run­ning Au­gust 17 to Septem­ber 3.

‘‘This year’s fes­ti­val ex­plores the no­tion of progress, how this process seems to be ac­cel­er­at­ing and how while we are told that new tech­nol­ogy is mak­ing our lives eas­ier and more con­nected, in many ways it’s ac­tu­ally mak­ing us more iso­lated and over­whelmed,’’ fes­ti­val artis­tic di­rec­tor Craig Cooper said.

Gros­setete’s cre­ations have fea­tured at fes­ti­vals around the globe since 2002. Half the fun of his tow­ers was see­ing them take shape and this one would likely echo a light­house or mar­itime flavour, he said.

The other half lies in watch­ing them fall and peo­ple can help smash it to paper pulp the next day.

Be­fore the card­board bricks can go up, some­body needs to make them and ev­ery­one is in­vited to join the build.

‘‘It de­mands that a com­mu­nity come to­gether in real time and in a real - not a vir­tual - lo­ca­tion, and work in har­mony with each other to cre­ate some­thing beau­ti­ful and sub­stan­tial,’’ Cooper said.

Peo­ple’s Tower and work­shops are free, but spa­ces are lim­ited. Call 067598412 or email re­cep­ to regis­ter.


French artist Olivier Gros­sette set to de­sign a tower for Taranaki.

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