I wonder how many of you have come across these new additions to our outdoor areas in Timaru? I saw my first ones around the shoreline near Patiti Point and was delighted to discover them and read the information on offer.
So far there are 5 of them installed at Caroline Bay and Patiti Point. They feature artworks from the Aigantighe Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection. What you see is a copy of a painting that relates to the location of the sign and its surroundings. Accompanied by an explanatory text and historical images from the South Canterbury Museum’s collection which gives the artwork greater context.
It’s a clever idea that brings our historic art collection into the community. The artworks selected reflect past scenes and place them back in the environment that inspired them when Timaru was first being formed all those years ago.
The signs have been made with the help of local businesses who have given their time, energy and creativity to the project.
WuHoo Timaru was initiated by Roselyn and Chris Fauth who, along with the Aigantighe Art Gallery and Friends of the Aigantighe launched this programme and there is another round of signs that are nearing completion and should be installed any time now.
Roselyn and Chris started their very impressive WuHoo project as a way for families to find fun but cost free things to do in Timaru that get people out and about in our town. Their website, wuhootimaru, is full of suggestions for walks, scavenger hunts, parks and art discoveries about town and, with the holidays coming up, should be invaluable for our locals as well as visitors.
In our latest Timaru Civic Trust newsletter we’ve given this project a ‘Thumbs Up’. What they are doing and accomplishing for our town is a real achievement and I can’t wait to see where the next round of art boards turn up.
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