SCAPE Re-ACTIVATE sculpture competition workshop

A brainstorming workshop led by Josie Whelans, Education Officer for SCAPE PUBLIC ART on Tuesday 15th May

This workshop was part of the Art Extension programme. Extra places were made available to year 7 and 8 students. It was wonderful to be able to welcome Josie back to Heaton. She has been so supportive in the past and has helped facilitate a number of exciting projects with Heaton students.

Re-ACTIVATE is an incredible opportunity for students to design a sculpture on the theme of ‘Our Braided Future’.

E kore e taea e te whenu kotahi ki te raranga i te whāriki kia mōhio ki a tātou – the tapestry of understanding cannot be woven by one thread alone.

The winning junior and senior school designs will be built in Hagley Park, with the aid of engineers, and may be up to 5 meters in size.

During the workshop, we looked at SCAPE public sculptures, last year’s winning designs and maquettes,  and the project brief. We then produced collaborative mind maps for the theme and the artwork. Then students began their designs.

“The workshop really helped me organise my ideas. It was fascinating to hear how some of the public sculptures around Christchurch were designed.”

Rhea, Room 5

” It was exciting and fun. It was interesting to look at design processes.”

Alfie, Room 4

Current Year 8 students have  been working on a similar project. They had to design a sculpture for Heaton inspired by the built or natural environment of the school. The design processes that were used for this project provided students with the skills to understand and to realise the SCAPE sculpture challenge.

SCAPE Opportunity Brief

Thomas – Room 2, Kohen – Room 4, Will – Room 3 and Ben – Room 2  have entered their sculpture in the competition. This is the statement on their entry.

Our sculpture represents the interconnectedness of nature in Canterbury and how all aspects of our natural environment are braided in some way.
It also shows that all of the elements of nature all influence each other and can all be directly affected by our actions.

It highlights the fragility of our world and the care that is needed to ensure that it stays beautiful.

The fauna and flora in our work are represented by the green flax, white mountain peak, and the orange bird beak. The mountain peak and jagged flax also allude to the shakiness of the ground and our own personal lives, with maybe a hint of city steeples that are no more. The clear perspex represents a bird’s flight path and the River Avon. The footprint also symbolises our own carbon footprints and the impact that our actions have on the precariously balanced environment.

We envisage our sculpture will be made of as much recycled material as possible.  It may sit on the grass, a plinth, be suspended between trees or ‘float’ above the water in the river on metal poles.

Ko Mātou te wai

Thomas, Kohen, Will and Ben

Josie was hugely impressed by our students’ enthusiasm and insightful comments. We are so grateful to Josie for her time and for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing project.

By Fiona Taylor


Scape Thomas and co   PDF, 969.8 KB