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Royal Wolf containers star in International Arts Festival

Royal Wolf containers star in International Arts Festival

Shipping container company Royal Wolf will have a starring role in the New Zealand International Arts Festival this year as part of multi-media installation and theatre work The Performance Arcade.

Twenty eight Royal Wolf containers will be strategically placed along the Wellington waterfront to provide a unique and vast stage for the live art event which runs until March 3.

The containers will be stacked to create a two-level ‘arcade’, with some used to create walk-over bridges. One will stand on its end for dramatic impact.

”Royal Wolf containers will be used as building blocks for the event and provide amazing new spaces to experience the performing arts,” says creative director Sam Trubridge of performing arts group Playground NZ, who produce The Performance Arcade.

He also likens shipping containers to “test tubes” that are ideal for experimenting with performance and theatre in a public space.

There are a lot of people in performing arts who find stationary theatre and gallery spaces are not suitable for their work.

“Shipping containers provide an alternative space, one that can be placed in any location to function as a stage or shelter for a work of art, yet they are also practical to work in,” he says.

Royal Wolf, who specialise in the hire, sales and modification of shipping containers, has provided containers for projects ranging from walls to support heritage buildings in Christchurch to container modifications for Pop-Up cafes and a portable ice cream factory.

The company also provided containers for a Playground NZ exhibition in Auckland’s Aotea Square to coincide with the final ten days of the Rugby World Cup, as well as previous Performance Arcade events.

With 28 containers, the scale of this year’s production is the group’s biggest yet.

“The artists are finding new innovative ways of working with the containers,” says Trubridge who points to the example of ‘The Freight’ performance by Kasia Pol which uses eight containers stacked double height to “create a monumental space”.

Wellington Sales Manager Rochelle Bullmore says the collaboration with The Playground NZ is yet another example of the diverse and unique services Royal Wolf offer.

“We’re always willing to try new things and we invite the artists to visit us and see the range of products available.”

Trubridge says working with Royal Wolf has opened up further possibilities for future projects and allows them to push creative and artistic boundaries.

“Royal Wolf are always so willing to go above and beyond. They also understand the importance of ‘detail’ in events of this scale.”

About Royal Wolf: Australasia’s Largest Shipping Container Provider

Royal Wolf Holdings Limited (ASX:RWH) is the industry leader in the hire, sale and modification of new and refurbished shipping containers, with 19 years of experience and a network of 33 facilities including 28 dedicated Customer Service Centres across New Zealand and Australia.

Renowned for its focus on product innovation, Royal Wolf has taken the design and basic engineering of the humble shipping container to new heights and today its products are used in a wide range of applications to help solve business challenges across many market sectors.

The company has a customer base of over 20,000, supplying customers each year with containers which are inexpensive, safe, secure, easily transportable and able to be modified with doors, internal walls, windows, electricity, water supply and more.

From portable storage options for consumers, sporting associations, community groups and schools, to accommodation units, mobile exhibitions, retail outlets, offices, kitchens, training facilities and innovative construction projects, experience shows ‘You can do anything in a Royal Wolf’.

Royal Wolf containers can be specified to meet portable storage requirements for general purpose, refrigerated or hazardous goods and are available in a variety of sizes, they offer the perfect solution to many storage problems with the additional benefit of being delivered direct to your nominated site.

To cater to the construction industry, Royal Wolf offers a ‘Worksite Range’ which includes a selection of shipping containers that are available as a stock item and provide hoardings and gantries, construction site offices, change rooms, first aid rooms and ablution blocks.

The company also has a division focused on the freight sector, providing freight containers for road, rail, removals, bulk commodity, construction and project applications. Within this area, the business has built a particularly strong reputation amongst transport and logistics operators as a provider of specialised equipment.

The mining, defence and resources sectors have embraced Royal Wolf container solutions as seen by the extensive use of large portable camps and blast resistant buildings.

Royal Wolf was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2011 and currently employs over 260 permanent staff who are dedicated to servicing the needs of customers and delivering container solutions.

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