NZ Sculpture on the Shore
Sistema takes its role as a part of New Zealand's society seriously. Some months ago we were approached by artists Donna Sarten and Bernie Harfleet to see if we would support them with an art installation that would be held in Devonport as part of the NZ Sculpture on the Shore, in aid of Woman's Refuge. Donna and Bernie are passionate about supporting Woman's Refuge and asked if we would donate 6000 lunch boxes which they would use as their art installation "Feed the kids Too". Their exhibition aims to raise money so that each of the lunch boxes can be filled with a school lunch then donated to school children from lower decile schools.
Feed the Kids Too’ is made up of 6000 empty lunch boxes, which is only a small percentage of children that go hungry each day. The artists have found that for a viewer, spending time with a group of objects that reflect a statistical number is far more powerful than simply hearing or seeing that number mentioned in the news media. The work is first and foremost a work of art, with the idea to generate discussion amongst its audience that hopefully may result in some change in the lives of these hungry children. Once this exhibition ends the aim of the artists is to fill each box with a lunch and then distribute them to 6000 New Zealand school children. If you would like to make a donation towards this you can do so at http://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/Feedthekidstoo
You can see that their installation is magnificent and has already attracted a huge amount of interest including TV3. The sight and sound of 6000 coloured Sistema lunch boxes suspended in our native Pohutakawa trees is wonderful and the setting with a backdrop of Rangitoto really sets it off.
If you get a chance to go and visit, it's at Narrow Neck beach in Devonport and runs until 16th November 2014.
http://www.3news.co.nz/entertainment/hardy-sculptures-brave-the-elements-2014110611 (Interview with Bernie Harfleet at 6.15)