Talk­ing pole will hold com­mu­nity sig­na­tures

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The Toko­roa Talk­ing Poles Sym­po­sium 2012 is fast ap­proach­ing and a com­mu­nity sig­na­ture pole will be cre­ated.

The sym­po­sium will be held in Toko­roa from Fe­bru­ary 20 to March 19 next year.

Toko­roa Talk­ing Poles Trust chair­woman Mari­ata Couch is invit­ing com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion.

‘‘We are want­ing to in­volve com­mu­nity groups, schools, kinder­gartens, rest homes, Lions Clubs,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s not go­ing to be like the sym­po­sium of the past where there have been artists brought in to Toko­roa . . . It’s go­ing to be about the par­tic­i­pa­tion, the com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion.’’

Ms Couch said the pole would be cov­ered in tiles cre­ated by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

‘‘It is go­ing to be a pole with a dif­fer­ence. It’s a com­mu­nity pole, what we are hop­ing to do is cre­ate tiles. We are ask­ing each mem­ber of the com­mu­nity to come and place what­ever they want on it,’’ she said.

‘‘They can write po­etry on it, hand­prints, baby’s foot­print, what­ever they want.’’

Ms Couch said the pole had been called the Sig­na­ture Pole be­cause each tile was go­ing to hold each per­son’s sig­na­ture.

She said the pole’s height de­pended on the num­ber of tiles cre­ated.

‘‘We hope to have a three-sided pole, steel framed and we will mount the tiles . . . Every­thing that is left over will then be mounted onto boards and they will be­come board art that can be used around com­mu­nity build­ings.’’

Dur­ing the sym­po­sium peo­ple can head along and spend as much time as they need cre­at­ing their tile with su­per­vi­sors on hand to lend in­spi­ra­tion.

‘‘We’ll get five year olds here in Toko­roa come along and they will cre­ate this tile and they will go off and live their lives.

‘‘Then 50 years later they will re­turn to Toko­roa and stop in to find their tile.’’

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