Manawatu Standard

Capturing thoughts of a city

- Maxine Jacobs

An artistic time capsule designed to collect the thoughts of a city’s residents through 150 questions is winding down.

Toi Warbrick creatives Virginia and Warren Warbrick placed their fifth and final set of 30 questions for their 150 Pa¯tai project in Palmerston North’s Square Edge Community Arts yesterday.

The data-collecting art piece launched in March. The display seeks local perspectiv­es to align with Palmerston North’s 150th anniversar­y.

Funded by the Creative Communitie­s Scheme, each month a set of questions was released.

This month the city will be challenged to think about its future.

The first set of questions focused on the individual, before moving to opinions about the city and people’s memories of Papaio¯ea.

Virginia Warbrick said the first 120 questions had yielded surprising results from the anonymous participan­ts sharing their feelings about themselves and the city.

More than 1000 responses were returned for the first set of questions and many wrote about their greatest achievemen­ts.

‘‘It’s been as wide-ranging from having children, to climbing a tree, seeing a whale, to buying shoes for $80.

‘‘Because we’ve been to schools and a youth group, clubs, some businesses and at the library, we don’t have a handle on who’s answering, but we feel like there’s been a wide range of people taking part.’’

About 3000 responses have been returned overall. ‘‘There’s 100 of these packs out, and we’ve probably only seen 15 or 20 come back, so it’s time for everyone to start bringing them back.’’

The Warbricks were hoping to share the answers with other creatives such as writers, artists and dancers to inspire their work.

At least three artists have put their hand up already

‘‘We’re going to have a day or afternoon in Square Edge where we will have a full typed list of every question, probably the last weekend of August, and we’ll have everything out so people can look.’’

People can contribute to the exhibition set up in Square Edge Community Arts.

 ?? WARWICK SMITH/STUFF ?? Toi Warbrick creatives Virginia and Warren Warbrick hang their fifth and final set of questions for 150 Pa¯tai.
WARWICK SMITH/STUFF Toi Warbrick creatives Virginia and Warren Warbrick hang their fifth and final set of questions for 150 Pa¯tai.

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