The community really got behind the planting programme in Otara in an effort to regenerate the streams and waterways. The project which was funded by www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ was facilitated by Katie Jones. As part of the day’s activities the community and their families were invited to contribute to an artwork, ‘Haumanu’ designed by Sue from Art at Work. The large scale weaving was later installed in the Otara Mall where it is hoped it will continue to keep the restoration of the streams and waterways alive.
The community wove various sari materials into plastic mesh to form a tuna/ eel sculpture to reflect the growing regeneration of the local environment they live in and the interwoven complexities of the environment. The long thin shape references an eel slithering through the water. Thank you to DB Breweries who contributed can lids to the project, they represent the scales of the eel. The Planting Day art workshop produced the basis of the tuna/eel weaving which was then finished off by students from Ferguson Intermediate. They were both fun, rewarding interactions with the local community.