The Waimārama School Mosaic Project was made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Education under the auspices of the “Creatives in Schools” programme. The goal is to teach the students the art of making mosaics and to also create a work that is based on local stories and that will be installed on the school grounds.
Located so it is accessible to all, public art often has significance for the place in which you find it – commemorating an event, inviting interaction, or celebrating a cooperative effort by the community. Mosaics are robust. They’re great outdoors and invite a touch. These mosaics showcase what can be done when projects are commissioned by individuals or organisations such as councils, schools, boards or businesses.
In September 2010 and February 2011 Christchurch experienced two major earthquakes that reshaped the city, with many lives lost and others changed forever. Sometimes broken isn’t meant to be fixed – instead we can only piece together the fragments to create something new and hopefully just as beautiful. These stories that were too precious to throw away were instead given a new life by the talented Crack’d for Christchurch team.
Climb the steep slope up Days Track in Nelson and you’ll be relieved to find an amazing mosaic couch which absolutely invites you to stop for breath, take in the stunning view over Tasman Bay and Tahunanui, and wonder at the dedication of a community and the inspiration of a group of Nelson mosaic artists who created ‘Sofa so Good.’