Palmy rock­stars

A swarm of young rock painters and their min­ders de­scended on the Es­planade play­ground for a city coun­cil spon­sored pop-up Palmy Rocks ses­sion.

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

A swarm of young rock painters and their min­ders de­scended on the Es­planade play­ground on Thurs­day for a city coun­cil spon­sored pop-up Palmy Rocks ses­sion.

A bril­liantly fine af­ter­noon en­sured a bonus at­ten­dance, with the coun­cil pro­vid­ing rocks, paint, brushes, tres­tles, shel­ter, mu­sic and sausages. Co­or­di­na­tor, the city coun­cil’s Jeff Baker, had to send out for more sausages and a fresh batch of washed and ready to paint rocks.

First-time rock painters Karen Ri­ley and daugh­ter Made­lyn, 10, made the most of the op­por­tu­nity. Ri­ley cap­tured the tran­quil­ity of the Rose Gar­dens on her rock, while Made­lyn made up for lost time by paint­ing four rocks.

Nicki Hanna brought along her chil­dren Grace, 4, and Sam, 1.

‘‘They’re re­ally into Palmy Rocks - the whole thing,’’ she said. ’’There are some re­ally good artists paint­ing the rocks.’’

Tif­fany Good was also a fan of the Palmy Rocks move­ment, and de­scribed her daugh­ter Tanzi, 4, as a great lit­tle rock hunter.

‘‘I can’t walk any­where now and not look for rocks.’’

As well as siz­zling sausages, Baker was kept busy hand­ing out free tick­ets to the Es­planade Scenic Rail­way, while the trains did brisk busi­ness.

‘‘In mak­ing fu­ture plans for the Es­planade, we want to un­der­stand what peo­ple love most about the space,’’ Baker said. ‘‘The fine weather and the turnout has been fan­tas­tic.’’

He said sev­eral lo­cal artists had been com­mis­sioned to paint MyEs­planade themed rocks, which will be hid­den around the park through­out the school hol­i­days.

Peo­ple are be­ing en­cour­aged to take photos and videos of their rock finds and the things they like best about the park, and up­load them to Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram with the hash­tag #MyEs­planade.

Hard­copy photos can be handed in to City Li­brary. All en­tries will go into a draw for spot prizes.

Sub­mis­sions made dur­ing the MyEs­planade cam­paign will be fea­tured and pre­served on City Li­brary’s Manawatu¯ Her­itage web­site.

Young Stephen Rush­worth, 7, had a slightly dif­fer­ent take on the event, wav­ing about a short stick that he wanted to paint his favourite colour - green. Palmy Sticks? The boy may have started some­thing.

PHOTO: DAVID UNWIN/FAIR­FAX NZ

PHOTO: DAVID UNWIN/FAIR­FAX NZ

Grace Hanna, 4, and Tanzi Good, 4, show off their painted rocks at the Es­planade.

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