sculptures were sent from participating schools to merge with Pipe Dreams, New Jersey, spearheaded by New Jersey artist, Judith Wray
The amazing botanical sculptures were selected from the KidsFest exhibition held in the Botanic Gardens in June and July 2002. They are made from discards donated to the schools from GE Electric Company. ("GE Brings Good things to Life!") Using PVC piping and recycled plastic soda and other small bottles, twenty Canterbury schools transformed waste into a forest of purple plastic piping, featuring fabulous names like Utilis, Tubulus, Plasticus, each sculpture was taken apart and packed in sturdy boxes and shipped on a journey tocontinue a dream..a merging of dreams.
Visual Arts League invited a merger of projects:
"PIPE DREAMS" NJ Merges With THE GREAT PIPE DREAM" NZ launched at the Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York show in 2003.
The Pipe Dreams project is just the beginning of an on-going international relationship with other artists and children in America and elsewhere," said Henry Sunderland, conceptualist for the New Zealand project. Henry Sunderland discovered the Pipe Dream connection through a search engine on the internet.
The New Zealand pieces will tour galleries and schools on the eastern seaboard after the New York season closes and will eventually be donated to schools in the area. We hope to make connections between the children in Christchurch and children in the US schools so that these creative decision makers of tomorrow will, to quote Judith Wray, the Visual Arts League director, experience
"thinking globally, working locally."
"THE GREAT PIPE DREAM"
Tony King, (Teacher) Allenvale School
Bevan Freeman, (Teacher) Shirley Intermediate
Tom Baker, (Student) St Bedes College
Ken Frame, (Teacher) Mario College
Raewyn Taylor, (Teacher) Linwood Intermediate
Natalie Johnston, (Teacher) Christchurch South.Intermediate
Shona Kelleher, (Teacher) Cassebrook Intermediate