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Children’s sculpture exhibition is about to hit the road

Aug 8th, 2014 | By | Category: Latest News

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PROUD FANS: From left Natasha Prescott (8), Kyle Mewburn, Lewis Baird (8) and Toby Hawken (7) with the Blue Gnu. IMAGE: Lize Immelman

THE Books go Arty exhibition starts its tour of Wellington this week.

An exhibition of  sculptures inspired by the books of a popular New Zealand author,  which has been on at the Wellington Central Library for two weeks   is about to hit the road.

The sculptures are the work of local primary school children who were given artistic freedom to design and make them after reading the books of children’s author, Kyle Mewburn.

They will now be put on public display in libraries across Wellington.

The author who inspired the works, Kyle Mewburn,  travelled from Central Otago last week, to help celebrate their achievement at Wellington’s Central Library.

He had the pupils from Karori Normal school in stitches.

“When I get a microphone you know what I want to do all the time, make farting noises, but I won’t. There’s too many teachers around,” he told them.

“I like to see the things that tickle their fancy, the certain lines and certain moments.  That’s always reassuring to see,” he says.

The project was the result of a combined effort by Florence Laigle and Adrienne Hannan, from Wellington Library, who say they were delighted by the commitment from teachers and students.

“We recognise that we need to be a positive influence on children at this young age for them to be life-long learners and lovers of literacy,” says Ms Hannan.

Natasha Prescott (8) who helped sculpt one of the works says her favourite part of working on her class’ huge blue gnu sculpture was working with the Plaster of Paris.

Teacher  Shelley Frith, says it was a great way to learn about sculpture and art.

“They became more and more enthusiastic throughout the whole process.  I think it’s something they’ll always remember.”

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BOOKS GO ARTY: Sculptures submitted by some of the 11 participating schools. IMAGES: Lize Immelman


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