The Junction Zero Waste Vision Sculpture 2019

Oakura artist filmmaker Rose Petterson wins The Junction Sculpture Commission

Oakura based artist and filmmaker Rose Petterson has won the commission to install her Zero Waste Vision sculpture Pine Forest adjacent to the new Community Reuse and Recycle Centre at Colson Road, known as The Junction. Representatives of Intercreate, NPDC, ST and a local artist composed the evaluation panel. The aim of the art work is to represent NPDC’s Zero Waste Vision for the Ngāmotu New Plymouth District.

Pine Forest will be constructed of waste timber from the construction industry and use paint from the Council’s waste stream. The artist said the installation “will be a demonstration of how we can use otherwise useless pieces of wood headed for landfill and construct something beautiful, but it will also be an invitation to acknowledge our role in the destruction and oppression of our natural environment.”

The art work will become a beacon for locals and play an important role in changing local culture in regard to how waste is viewed. Rather than being simply discarded with low economic status, the cultural, textural and creative value of the reclaimed materials used in the art work will assist the transition to a new view of waste and our relationship with the environment. It is hoped that the work, combined with accompanying tours and education programs, will help change the waste practice of Taranaki residents, allowing the District to achieve the vision of Zero Waste by 2050.

To learn more on The Junction and NPDC’s Zero Waste 2050 vision visit their website.

Rose Petterson’s visualisation of Pine Forest