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Mountain Making

23 Apr 2021 to 25 Apr 2021
9am - 6pm, April 23, 24, 25
A three day long open workshop to arm knit the height of Rangitoto (260m) with Wesley John Fourie.
Event type: 
Art, Craft, Workshop/Seminar
Howick Scout Hall
10 Gibraltar Street, Howick, Auckland


My formative years were spent predominantly on the hill in Highland Park, where the view stretched out across the cityscape to Rangitoto, the iconic volcano that is synonymous with Tamaki Makaurau. Throughout these years, I would frequently head over on the ferry to Rangitoto as a reprieve from the chaos of the city, finding solace in the birdsong, the forest (the largest Pohutukawa forest on earth), and to look back at the city I was raised in.
Over three days, at Howick Scout Hall, I will be hosting an arm knitting workshop, to build a 1/1 scale model of this mountain which holds such significance to me, as a community built artwork.
The public is welcome to drop in throughout the day, and you can stay as long or as little as you like.
My art practice is dominated by creating works which pay reverence to our natural environment, and over this three day period I hope to open my arts practice to the East Auckland community (and beyond), to teach people a fun and easy technique, and to produce a community built artwork that is site specific to Tamaki Makaurau.
For this project, the public are invited to drop in and learn this technique, either with the materials provided (to help build the artwork), or to bring their own materials should they wish to take their creation home with them (a bedsheet will be sufficient).
Fruit, snacks, and beverages will be provided.
This workshop will run from 9am till 6pm daily, with tutorials starting on the hour, you are welcome to stay as long (or as little) as you would like.
This project is kindly supported by Arts Out East, Te Tuhi, and Howick Local Board.
Nga mihi, and see you there :) 

Written by

Wesley John Fourie

26 Mar 2021