School sculp­ture

The Shed - - Stone Carving -

When West Eyre­ton School wanted its core val­ues set in stone, they de­cided that Shaugn was the man for the job. A strik­ing lime­stone sculp­ture is now mounted in­side the school gates, its five koru de­pict­ing the school’s soughtafte­r Es: ex­cel­lence em­pa­thy, ex­am­ple, en­ter­prise, and ef­fort. Those val­ues were reflected in the na­ture of the project it­self, with every stu­dent at the North Can­ter­bury pri­mary school in­volved in cre­at­ing the work of art. Shaugn de­signed the sculp­ture and, once it had the school’s ap­proval, or­ga­nized delivery of the mas­sive block of Oa­maru stone, which weighed over a tonne. He spent every school day for three weeks demon­strat­ing carv­ing tech­niques to dif­fer­ent groups of chil­dren, then

them work on the sculp­ture. The older stu­dents carved with chis­els, while the younger ones fin­ished things off with rasps and sand­pa­per. “It’s been a great project, with the chil­dren in­volved along the whole jour­ney,” says prin­ci­pal Jil­lian Gallagher. They worked un­der his gazebo dur­ing the mid-win­ter project, and Shaugn also turned the school’s cov­ered walk­way into a work­shop for Year 7 and 8 stu­dents to carve or­na­men­tal koru and can­dle­hold­ers. “We’ve loved this op­por­tu­nity, and it’s only been pos­si­ble be­cause Shaugn brings his shed to us,” says Jil­lian. “We couldn’t have taken the whole school into town over three weeks. This way, not only has every child been able to work on it but we have [also] been able to watch it evolve day by day.”

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