Sculp­ture has green light

Waikato News - - COMMUNITY -

Fund­ing suc­cess for the Win­tec team plan­ning an in­ter­ac­tive waka sculp­ture for Hamil­ton’s Fer­ry­bank Re­serve means pro­duc­tion for the com­mu­nity project can now move ahead.

Project leader, artist, Win­tec tu­tor and PHD stu­dent Joe Cit­i­zen is ‘stoked’ to an­nounce ama­jor do­na­tion of $30,000 from the Brian Perry Char­i­ta­ble Trust for the Matariki In­ter­ac­tive Waka Project.

“We’re ab­so­lutely stoked to ac­cept this very gen­er­ous do­na­tion. It’s won­der­ful that they’re back­ing this com­mu­nity-fo­cused project, and we’re proud to be as­so­ci­ated with them.

“This is awin-win sit­u­a­tion for us. The gen­er­ous sup­port from the Brian Perry Char­i­ta­ble Trust has put the project well within reach and en­ables us to build some­thing that will last for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

Mar­lene Ju­lian from the Brian Perry Char­i­ta­ble Trust says the trust is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing strong part­ner­ships with like-minded or­gan­i­sa­tions to de­liver their vi­sion of build­ing stronger com­mu­ni­ties.

“The Matariki In­ter­ac­tive Waka Project fits our brief as a long-term project cre­ated for the com­mu­nity by a com­mu­nity. It in­volves many hands and minds, and also con­trib­utes to youth, ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture and com­mu­nity in away that re­flects our val­ues.”

Cit­i­zen is work­ing in part­ner­ship with Win­tec’s Maori Achieve­ment team, Win­tec stu­dents, staff and in­dus­try part­ners.

The project re­ceived Stage One ap­proval from Hamil­ton City Coun­cil by a unan­i­mous vote in April this year. This means the project has ap­proval for in­stal­la­tion within Fer­ry­bank Re­serve, and the ex­act lo­ca­tion will be de­ter­mined when the con­cept is fi­nalised.

Col­lab­o­ra­tors from lo­cal in­dus­try and Win­tec are work­ing to cre­ate the sculp­ture to re­flect kau­papa Maori con­cepts of in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness and tell the Matariki story on Hamil­ton’s river­bank.

The de­sign will be in­formed by the work of Win­tec early child­hood ed­u­ca­tors, who are pro­duc­ing sto­ry­boards for this year’s Matariki cel­e­bra­tions.

The dig­i­tal and in­ter­ac­tive de­sign is be­ing done by Cit­i­zen as part of his PhD stud­ies, with Win­tec re­searcher Andy Fen­dall de­vel­op­ing the vis­ual dis­play features.

En­gi­neer­ing for the sculp­ture’s pro­to­typ­ing, civil en­gi­neer­ing, power sup­ply and gen­er­a­tion, and en­vi­ron­men­tal sen­sor net­work, is be­ing car­ried out by Win­tec en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents. The con­struc­tion will be car­ried out by stu­dents from Win­tec’s Maori and Pasi­fika Trades Train­ing ini­tia­tive, un­der the men­tor­ship of en­gi­neer­ing firm Longveld.

The 6m sculp­ture will have mo­tion sen­sors, LED strip light­ing and sur­round sound to en­cour­age vis­i­tors to in­ter­act with the steel struc­ture.

It will be in­stalled on the Fer­ry­Bank Re­serve at the south end of Hamil­ton’s CBD in June 2018 in time for Matariki.

Con­cept art of the waka sculp­ture.

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