Students creative ideas inspired by nature
Press Release – 16 June 2013
Otari School students take inspiration from native bush and turn it into a marble run.
Students at Otari School and artist Simon Gray have been working on an exciting and creative project to turn a dull and boring fence into an interactive learning resource.
The first part of the project, a marble run designed by the students, has just been installed on the fence, it takes its inspiration from the flora and fauna of Otari Wilton’s Bush, where students spent time studying the area and used their research to help in the ideas for the design of the marble run.
The marble run is attached to the fence by magnets and metal sheets have been placed along the fence panels allowing students to build their own unique marble runs.
As well as providing a place for the marble run the metal sheets provide a flexible platform to use for other ideas incorporating magnets, such as plans for a stop frame animated film and developing games for play times.
Artist Simon Gray has been working with students at Otari School for past year and half developing creative ideas to turn the fence at the school into an interactive educational resource.
Inspiration for many of the ideas start with Otari Wilton’s Bush, which is next door to the school and it provides a wealth of material for the students to draw upon. Some of the ideas being planned for the fence include
• building a racetrack for toy cars taking inspiration from the way supplejack and vines grow in the bush
• a vertical garden developed from looking at how epiphytes grow on other trees
• a sound fence linking the school with the bird songs
For further information please contact Simon Gray:
Mob: 021 025 75685