School makes gap-filler city their classroom

Pupils scrawl artwork on furniture cityscape

Last updated 10:16 02/06/2011
Gap filler
IAIN McGREGOR

ART IN THE MAKING: Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti secondary school pupils turn an office furniture "cityscape" into artworks as part of a Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology programme.

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Pupils from the Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti secondary school had a miniature city as their classroom yesterday.

The school's art class toured a Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) gap filler programme at a vacant site on Ferry Rd.

Branded "Words of Hope", CPIT students built a cityscape out of old cabinets, desks and drawers painted white which the public could write messages on.

Unlimited director John Mather said staff jumped at the invitation.

"We thought, wow, that's a unique thing for people to do.

"We were very supportive of the initiative."

The school has been operating at Halswell Residential College because its usual site was behind the inner-city cordon.

Its roll has dropped from 439 before the earthquakes to 412.

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