Culture Heritage Arts Resource Trust (CHART) is in the process
of developing a "Sculptural Poetry Walk" in Whangarei's Town Basin
Sculpture Park. A short poem will be selected from submissions and
will be engraved on a monumental volcanic rock to be the first work
in the Poetry Walk.
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We are seeking funding for approximately $1,000 for writer and
designer fees. We have engraving costs already funded, all
administration costs and in-kind support covered by CHART, some
other costs are sought through sponsorship.
The inaugural poem will be engraved on an existing stone which
was erected by the Whangarei District Council as part of the Town
Basin Renewal Project in 2011. It is one of three stones positioned
in the cobbled pathway/entrance area to the Town Basin Sculpture
Park off Reyburn Lane, alongside the Hatea River.
The stone is monumental in size and is locally sourced volcanic
rock. The selected poem will then be engraved by a local stonemason
onto the selected stone. The commissioned poet will then also work
alongside a local designer to plan the typography of the poem to
bring this to the best visual advantage.
Poets were encouraged to write a piece based on the
following: It was important that the poem
conveyed a message or represented a theme
that related to important local influences. This
could be physical, natural or historical influences