Artist cre­ates out­door gath­er­ing space for Camp Glenorchy

Walking New Zealand - - Walk Talk -

Dan Kelly – lo­cal artist, de­signer, sculp­tor, avalanche spe­cial­ist and wear­able arts de­signer – is cre­at­ing the cen­tral out­door gath­er­ing place for New Zealand’s first Net Zero En­ergy camp­ground, lo­cated in Glenorchy.

With the roots in Glenorchy’s nat­u­ral and cul­tural his­tory, the new camp­fire shel­ter will in­clude de­tails from the Scheel­ite mine that once op­er­ated in the sur­round­ing moun­tains.

The Scheel­ite Camp­fire Shel­ter and Cook­house is be­ing hand-con­structed by the artist us­ing large an­cient stones, re­cy­cled tim­bers and the rem­nants of an old scheel­ite min­ing trol­ley and rail­way track.

The shel­ter con­sists of a large 26m long by 5.5m high stone fire­place, com­ple­mented by a mo­bile bra­zier BBQ to be made from an old min­ing trol­ley. A ki­netic wa­ter sculp­ture, in­spired by the old wa­ter-driven scheel­ite ore bat­tery stam­per once po­si­tioned at Glenorchy Bat­ter on Mt Ju­dah, will be built into the shel­ter to col­lect rain­wa­ter, with ad­di­tional over­flow di­rected to the ad­ja­cent wet­land.

Debbi Brain­erd, who with her hus­band Paul are the founders of Camp Glenorchy, adds, “This shel­ter is a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of how hav­ing a tal­ented lo­cal artist such as Dan can com­bine ex­tra­or­di­nary nat­u­ral beauty with cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal de­tails that will make the camp­fire shel­ter the ‘jewel’ of Camp Glenorchy. It will be a beau­ti­ful jux­ta­po­si­tion to the more tra­di­tional-look­ing en­ergy ef­fi­cient build­ings ad­ja­cent to the struc­ture.

“Our goal is to cre­ate an in­door-out­door space that al­lows guests to in­ter­act with na­ture, while pro­vid­ing shade as well as shel­ter from sun and wind,” she said. “The shel­ter will cre­ate an out­door gath­er­ing place with lots of char­ac­ter, where guests and vis­i­tors can come to­gether to share sto­ries of their ex­pe­ri­ences tramp­ing in the sur­round­ing moun­tains and trav­el­ling in this beau­ti­ful place.”

In­for­ma­tion about Dan Kelly’s Scheel­ite Camp­fire Shel­ter is posted on large dis­play pan­els next to Mrs Woolly’s Gen­eral Store and on the Camp Glenorchy web­site at www.Cam­pGlenorchy.co.nz. Camp Glenorchy is slated to open in late 2017.

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