Manukau Courier : January 17th 2014
4 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 17, 2014 NEWS www.manukaucourier.co.nz A year’s worth of rubbish will be installed in the Auckland Art Gallery’s atrium tomorrow. Hot on the heels of the Big Day Out the gallery is holding its annual Big Day Art, which explores everyday creativity through a series of hands-on activities. The event will feature the artistic stylings of The Roots, a collective of creative individuals who engage the community in creative and sustainable art projects. Otara graphic designer Martin Langdon and Papatoetoe artist Martin Leung-Wai are members of the collective which will be installing a dynamic moveable sculpture made from cardboard tubing. Mr Langdon started squir- reling away unwanted cardboard tubes after noticing that the refuse from his day job was not being put to good use. ‘‘After that I developed a relationship with the tubes and was really seeing their potential in a different way,’’ he says. ‘‘Then this opportunity comes up where we can actually apply this and help other people see the potential and maybe think about the waste that they have in their industry and their household, and repurposing it.’’ The tubes have been cut and painted different colours for the installation. Roots down: Martin Leung-Wai, Martin Langdon and Petelo Esekielu from The Roots are installing a movable sculpture in Auckland Art Gallery made from more than 300 cardboard tubes. They can be slotted into purpose-built bases and rearranged into different formations by visitors to the gallery. ‘‘People can play and make and spell out their name, build rooms and walls,’’ Mr Langdon says. ‘‘Anything that they want to do with that material within that space. ‘‘So it’s about their innovations and the shared experience between the Photo: DANIELLE STREET parents, the kids and the other people building in the space.’’ The installation will be in the North Atrium for a week. Art gallery goes back to The Roots ‘ By DANIELLE STREET Martin Langdon artist Then this opportunity comes up where we can actually apply this and help other people see the potential and maybe think about the waste that they have in their industry and their household, and repurposing it ’ Gallery community learn- ing co-ordinator Meg Nicoll says The Roots collective was chosen for the Big Day Art because of its goal of inspiring young people through creativity. ‘‘We can’t wait to see The Roots’ installation evolve as visitors take part on the day and throughout the week,’’ she says. ❚ The Big Day Art has been running since 2011 and is a family-focused event that enables young people to explore ideas from current exhibitions. This year the event theme is ‘‘Make it Happen’’ which taps into the way everyday activities connect to creativity. The theme ties in with current exhibition Freedom Farmers: New Zealand Artists Growing Ideas. ❚ The Big Day Art is for all ages and is free of charge. Go to aucklandartgallery.com for a full schedule of events. Join the fun and dance on the beach It’s time to kick up your heels and dance in the sand – the Orere Point Beach Dance Project is back. The free annual dance workshop and performance is run by Linda Ashley and the Dance Incorporated team. The event, called Beachcombers, is a great opportunity to kick-start new year fitness plans, Ms Ashley says. ‘‘The project is all about having fun dancing and performing together,’’ she says. ‘‘Orere Point is poss- ibly the only New Zealand coastal community that has its own annual beach dance project.’’ Beachcombers is free for all ages and experience levels. Parents and children are welcome to dance together. Workshops for adults and kids run this Saturday at Orere Point, Kawakawa Bay and Clevedon. Everyone is welcome to the final Beachcombers performances. They will be on January 25 at 11am and 5pm at Orere Point Beach, and at 2pm at Kawakawa Bay. Bring a picnic to the beach, relax and wait to Beachcombers: Everyone’s welcome to join Orere Point’s annual dance project. Photos: GARY HEALEY see what happens next. A koha donation would be appreciated. ❚ Text or call Ms Ashley on 021 167 7373 or 356 7444 or email email@example.com for workshop bookings and inquiries.
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