Last night, companies, councillors and artists came together to celebrate the launch of a new public art trail for Christchurch.
The launch event took place in Tūranga, where guests enjoyed refreshments served by The Social Platter Co and 27 Seconds wine. Alex Skinner, Chairman of Wild in Art NZ and Charlie Langhorne, Wild in Art Founder and Director welcomed guests and shared plans to bring over 100 individually decorated penguin sculptures to the city in the summer of 2020.
“We hope it will have a very positive and lasting impact on our city and communities. It will give locals and visitors the chance to further explore the city and surrounding areas in a fun and interactive way.” Alex Skinner
The Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel shared her enthusiasm for Wild in Art’s public art trails, reflecting on the success of Christchurch Stands Tall and how important it is for the corporate sector to support these projects and invest in the community where they work. She also told the story behind the commissioned giraffe sculpture that is now on display in the Council building on Hereford Street.
Bridget Gabites from Harcourts explained why their company has partnered with Wild in Art to bring the event to the city, having supported the Christchurch Stands Tall event as Learning Programme sponsor in 2014.
The Pop Up Penguins sculptures will be auctioned at the end of the trail to raise money for local charity, Cholmondeley Children’s Centre. Arron Perriam, Chief Executive of Cholmondeley’s explained how excited his team was to be part of the event, not only to receive much needed funds through the auction but to be able to share the work they do to a wide audience.
“We are thrilled to have been chosen as the recipient charity for Pop Up Penguins, the funding we receive from this event will help us to continue Cholmondeley’s mission to create a meaningful and enduring difference in the lives of every child and their whanau.”
The Wild in Art team hope to connect with companies following the event to invite them to sponsor sculptures on the trail. To find out more about sponsorship of Pop Up Penguins, visit our Sponsorship page and download the brochure.