Tai­hape streets take flight

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENVIRONMENT - For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Etain, 06 388 1953 or 029 777 4438.

Thirty three Tai­hape streets are named af­ter birds. The lo­cal com­mu­nity has em­braced their flock of feathered thor­ough­fares by em­bel­lish­ing each avian named street with bird art im­ages. Pro­duced on alu­minium, the last 15 bird im­ages for the town’s Bird-on-Street Sign pro­ject were perched above their cor­re­lat­ing bird-named streets last Fri­day.

A gold coin ex­hi­bi­tion of the orig­i­nal art­works to sup­port the artists and cover the fi­nal pro­duc­tion costs con­tin­ues in the Tai­hape Town Hall un­til Fri­day this week, cul­mi­nat­ing in an auc­tion of the art­works on Satur­day night, Oc­to­ber 10 from 6.30pm.

‘‘This is a chance to sup­port art and artists in our com­mu­nity and se­cure a piece of Tai­hape history as it is be­ing made,’’ pro­ject co­or­di­na­tor Etain McDon­nell says.

All the works have been pro­duced by lo­cals rang­ing in age from 11 to 91 years of age, and show­cases an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Two thirds of the Bird-on-Street Sign pro­ject was per­son­ally funded by phi­lan­thropists, Richard and Mary Earle of the Earle Cre­ativ­ity and De­vel­op­ment Trust.

Nam­ing Tai­hape streets af­ter birds dates from a 1918 com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive, and the Bird-on-Street Sign pro­ject was set up last year un­der the Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ties um­brella to en­hance and celebrate the town’s unique legacy.

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