Repurposed Art Sculpture Garden opens at Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre

Sustainable Whanganui Trust volunteers and artists helped with a WRRC project to enhance the premises with colourful art and sculpture-work

Thirty people, many of them children who had created the Repurposed Art Works during the school holiday workshops, gathered for an official opening of the “garden” on Saturday 20 July.

During the first week of the July school holidays 19 students, aged between 12 and 14 were very busy in the Harakeke (Education) Room at the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre.  Guided by several local artists who had been invited to assist by programme leader Esther Topfer, the students tackled several set projects and also accessed the “free table” of repurposed resources which enabled them to come up with their own creations.  All week the room hummed with enthusiasm and excitement as the creations took shape.
The children attending the workshop benefited educationally through learning art-making processes and environmental awareness, with many going home to spread the word about the benefits of recycling and repurposing. WRRC’s manager Dale Cobb and Community Trustee, Graham Pearson, are thrilled with the students creations which are now on permanent display in the garden beside the Centre’s entrance and a specially created garden alongside the exit road.  Graham said that, “In addition to enhancing the beauty of the area they provide a strong point for discussion within the community as to the alternative uses for repurposable materials.”
On Wednesday 17 July, an additional workshop was run by Lyn, Peter and Lynette, all Sustainable Whanganui volunteers, for under 12’s – who made painted rocks and lollipop flowers for the garden.
Through Whanganui District Council an application has been made to the “Keep NZ Beautiful Awards” for recognition of the Repurposed Art Sculpture Garden.  You can admire the works created by going through the gate into the WRRC to unload your recyclables.
The project team wishes to thank Creative Communities NZ for financial support, also local businesses, community organisations and individuals for their in-kind support, all of which contributed to the week long workshop being provided free to participants.