Taihape streets take flight
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.