|Hundertwasser's bottle wall in the Kawakawa Toilets|
|Amazespace at Kawakawa is a Hundertwasser inspired project, a community initiative developed by local artists|
On Thursday night the kindergarten had a special celebration to open their 'Hundertwasser' and here are a couple of photos of their Hundertwasser Wall!
|A wall of beauty, inspired by Hundertwasser|
|It was a privilege to join the team in their celebration!|
"On behalf of the teaching team at Albany Kindergarten it is my pleasure to welcome you all here to celebrate our children’s bathroom refurbishment and in particular the Hundertwasser bottle wall. I would like to start off the evening by sharing some thoughts by Friedrick Hundertwasser...
These words resinate to me as I reflect on the collaborate piece of bottle wall work that was designed and created by the children and teachers in our bathroom. This kindergarten is our paradise and one which we utilise respect. and invite those who enters its doors to have ownership of.
For those of you who don’t know Hundertwasser (1928-2000) was a lateral thinker - in his art and architecture as well as his ecological ideas. He was a pioneer who challenged the world around him. He wanted to make people receptive to beauty and aware of their own creative thoughts and actions. Hundertwasser spent some time in Aotearoa, New Zealand. You may have seen or heard about the famous toilets in Kawakawa that he designed and built. His ideas, values and art were something that we wanted to explore at Albany Kindergarten.
In July 2013 the teaching team ventured to the far north to visit the toilets at Kawakawa and also Waitangi. Coming back inspired we started to work with the children of our kindergarten on this project - the creation of a bottle wall. Exploring Hundertwasser's work, the children and teaching team painted, and worked with three dimensional materials to design our own bottle wall. There may have been a little drinking involved ( not at kindergarten of course) , and our parents and children brought in an array of bottles that we could use.
We are eternally grateful for Martin Horward's artistic wisdom, meeting with us to discuss the project as it developed and in the final construction process.
We would also like to thank Rosemary and Garth for their support - and letting us run with the idea, and for the Albany committee who supported the spending of the money to enable such a project to take place.
I would also personally like to thank my teaching team Michell, Sarah G, Teresa and Julie who embrace such creative ventures, with never a doubt in their mind....
Lastly thank you to the children of Albany Kindergarten who are, and will always be why we as teachers strive to have a programme that embraces and supports learning and in particular learning through visual arts."