Outdoor sculpture exhibit in central Porirua

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The well-known Whitireia mastercraft workshops begin at Queen's Birthday weekend and run through till July.

A stroll down Wi Neera Drive was more than an enjoyment of lovely natural beauty for earlier this year, it was a stroll through an open air art museum.

As part of a team building exercise during orientation week, ninety art students at Whitireia Community Polytechnic used the shoreline as the site to make and display the sculptures they created. The result was that the public had access to an absolutely free sculpture exhibit, which was open 24 hours a day.

eco sculpture 2003

There were eleven large eco-sculptures dotted along the shore and in the campus of Whitireia. All of the art pieces were made from bio-degradable materials, and created on a shoe-string budget. The theme for the sculptures was the elements of earth, wind, fire and water - but the current fire ban prohibited anything more than a symbolic representation of fire.

Most of the teams chose to include the water factor, which highlighted the venue of being alongside the Porirua inner harbour. Some students also included the theme of "tides, time lapse and natural decay" for their design elements. This was fitting because of the proximity to the sea, but also because the sculptures were only in existence for two weeks.