Flo­ral car­pet to be un­veiled


‘‘It'll be as colour­ful as a paint­ing, and will have rhythm and move­ment flow­ing through it.’’ Elaine Brig­house

More than 500 flow­ers de­scend on St An­drew’s Church to­day, as vol­un­teers pre­pare to cre­ate a 9-me­tre flo­ral car­pet down the cen­tre isle.

Once com­pleted, the car­pet will be on dis­play on Fri­day, Satur­day, and Sun­day.

Con­venor Elaine Brig­house said flow­ers like roses, car­na­tions and Christ­mas lilies would all fea­ture in the car­pet.

‘‘It’ll be as colour­ful as a paint­ing, and will have rhythm and move­ment flow­ing through it. Dif­fer­ent parts will be raised and the dif­fer­ent tex­tures and colours will con­trast.

Fol­low­ing a ‘‘New Zealand Christ­mas’’ theme, the car­pet will have plenty of green­ery, as well as colour­ful flow­ers.

‘‘Peo­ple have been col­lect­ing cones and flax for weeks.’’

The lay­out had been planned on a 9-me­tre roll of newsprint, she said.

Brig­house said she had once seen a spec­tac­u­lar flo­ral car­pet at Christchurch Cathe­dral, but had never thought she’d ever do one in Taupo¯ .

‘‘I thought it’d be too much work! It’s go­ing to be a big un­der­tak­ing,’’ she said.

Around 18 vol­un­teers will be con­struct­ing the flo­ral car­pet – plac­ing stems and leaves in Oa­sis stag­ing foam.

‘‘We couldn’t do it with­out the helpers – they’re all from all sorts of dif­fer­ent de­nom­i­na­tions, but they all love work­ing with green­ery and nice flow­ers.

‘‘We can’t do the whole thing on the floor, be­cause we’d get sore knees We’ll do it on ta­bles, then com­plete it on the floor.’’

Brig­house said vis­i­tors might be sur­prised by the cre­ativ­ity of the car­pet.

‘‘But I won’t tell you what those are yet; you’ll have to come see,’’ she told the Taupo¯ Times.

· The Flo­ral car­pet will be un­veiled at St An­drew’s Church, 91 Ti­ti­rau­penga St on Fri­day Nov 10, with a Cock­tail Party. Canapes, re­fresh­ments, jazz band and danc­ing. Tick­ets $50 from Flirts Fash­ions, 15 Heu Heu St.

* Part of ‘Gar­dens, Flow­ers and All that Jazz’ fes­ti­val run­ning Fri­day, Satur­day, and Sun­day, which in­cludes vis­its to Taupo¯ ’s most beau­ti­ful gar­dens, ac­com­pa­nied by live jazz and re­fresh­ments. Tick­ets can be pur­chased for each or all of the three days. See gar­den­walk­staupo.nz for more de­tails.

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