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Project Twin Streams eel sculpture to be unveiled

Media Release

14 November, 2007

Project Twin Streams 10 metre eel sculpture to be unveiled

A fabulous 10 metre long eel sculpture will be unveiled at Project Twin Streams Opanuku Stream on Wednesday 28 November at 12.45pm.

The concrete sculpture is one of the key Project Twin Streams’ art projects for 2007 and will be situated within the Pacifica area at Corban Estate.

Project Twin Streams is a stream bank restoration project which uses art to raise awareness of the creatures that live in our streams and the impacts of our human activity on their habitat.

This installation has a dual environmental focus – it carries the message “healthy eels need healthy streams” and is also, due to the use of recycled materials in its construction, very environmentally friendly.

The steel frame used as a base for the sculpture was left at Corban Estate by a previous artist while a carved stone from the old Henderson Town Hall, which was found nearby, will form one of three seats incorporated into the eel.

An old tramline track has also been put to good use by artist Bruce Courtney.

The concrete sculpture has been covered in over three hundred Maori and Pacific tiles which have been designed and made by five local groups; Liston College, Henderson High School, Mother of Divine Mercy Community Group, Beautiful Daughters (an alternative education school group for teenage girls) and the Pacific Mamas.

Annie Cochrane, Project Twin Streams Opanuku Stream Coordinator said, “Having a physical sculpture as a reminder to care for the environment the eels live in is very powerful.
We plan for the sculpture to become a focal point for meeting, resting and recreation at Corban Estate.”
Janet Holt, Project Twin Streams Arts Coordinator added, “It’s been wonderful working with the community in this creative way. Seeing the sculpture complete after its very humble beginning as an old frame no longer needed has been a great journey.”
The eel sculpture project received assistance from Creative NZ, Pacific Mamas and ARC’s Environmental Initiative Fund.

Project Twin Streams is funded by Auckland Regional Holdings (a division of ARC).

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