For the past six weeks Hundertwasser HQ has been hiding behind papered-out windows, preparing for the launch of the Hundertwasser Art Centre community fundraising campaign.
Originally set-up to inform Whangarei ratepayers and residents about the project, the new purpose for the revamped HQ is simple and clear;
“The Hundertwasser Art Centre won the referendum” says HQ manager Jenny Hill “now we need to raise the money to build it.”
Inside, HQ has undergone a complete facelift, but the trademark colour and creativity remains. “Tutukaka artist Carolyn Radford has created a huge fundraising gauge. We’ll be colouring it in as the money come in. A beautiful and very visual way to show everyone exactly where we’ve got to, every week.”
Another local artist, Bridget Oakley Stevens has created a 2.4m square ‘Tree of Life’ featuring hundreds of leaves and flowers. The tree was designed to give special recognition to all donors of over $100, acknowledging their names in gold on a leaf or flower of their choice.
Hundertwasser HQ reopens at 10.30am on Saturday 24th October. Organisers are promising live street music and art at this community-led, community- focussed event.
“Come along to our relaunch” says Jenny “and join our celebration. Bring the kids, we’ve got fun activities planned. After all, it’s all about their future in Whangarei.”