New tower built up to take fall
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
French artist Olivier Grossette set to design a tower for Taranaki.