Faculty designs Pt. Chevalier Community Arts Project

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Faculty designs Pt. Chevalier Community Arts Project

On September 10, 2011 Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse launched the new Pt. Chevalier community art project. This $20,000 project funded by Creative Communities NZ, the Auckland Council, ASB Community Trust, and the Western Bays Community Board was designed and facilitated by Whitecliffe lecturer, Zoë Nash. The collaborative artwork has been in production for over a year and replaces the 15 year old mural on the 50 metre long wall between Countdown supermarket and the Pt. Chevalier Community Centre. The work responds to community desires and consists of 24 digitally created triangular, 'sail-shaped' panels that highlight local history and heritage, environment, culture, and activities. The panels feature a collection of Zoë's own work plus artworks supplied by a wide range of local residents, and took more than 90 hours to put together in Photoshop®. They sit upon a painted seascape backdrop beneath a stylised canopy of pohutukawa flowers, both commemorating and celebrating Pt Chevalier. It is hoped that this new artwork will encourage feelings of belonging, identity, and kinship for local residents.

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