The Artwalk has been built to encourage visitors to the village to head up Hastings Rd in Mairangi Bay to visit the gallery and get involved in the local art scene and workshops available to the community. Sue from Art at Work was invited to contribute to the artwalk with a series of ceramic pavers and decided to involve the local art community.
A series of workshops was offered to the community and a local school, Murray’s Bay Intermediate. They designed their own pavers, working together in groups of 4 or 5, each one has a local flavour, with birds, plants, beach scenes, Rangitoto, fish and surfers. Another group who had the opportunity to be involved was the same group from Torbay Primary, the Enviro Group, who worked on the Little Waiake toilet mural. The tiles are all hand made and hand painted, and numbered so the final work could be put back together again like 44 giant jig-saws. The tiles had to be constructed out of very thick, high fired clay and not have a slippery surface because they are part of the shared walk/driveway. They were then set in strengthened concrete.
From Bryce, teacher. The students are Murrays Bay Intermediate really enjoyed being part of the project. They found it really powerful to see something develop over time and the fact that they were able to use their own ideas was the cherry on the cake. They are excited for future projects with our local council too.
Marilyn Rendle (Mairangi Bay Resident). I thought it was a great idea involving the community in the project. It meant that the ideas and designs for the tiles came from all ages of people that know, love and enjoy living in the area. Each group designed and participated in the building of the tiles (with lots of help and guidance from Sue) something that they felt was “Very Mairangi Bay”. Having now seen the tiles after they have been put together and fired by Sue I am really please I was invited to be involved and am looking forward to seeing the finished walkway. I am sure the rest of the community will enjoy and relate well to the walkway connecting Mairangi Bay Village to the MAC Mairangi Bay Art Centre.
The work was funded by the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and the Auckland Council. Thank you to the community who contributed their time and effort into making the work and to Richard from Botany Pots for his careful firing of the tiles.