Fun at the Show

ART TO PLAY WITH: Gisborne artist Amie Coker’s map of Gisborne has been turned into a gigantic walk-on play-on floor at Eastland Group’s stand at the A&P Show. Pictures supplied
TOYS GALORE: Menzshed members Peter Miller, Steve Evett, James Aramoana, Chris Evans and Michael Braybrock used “found” materials to handcraft more than 100 wooden vehicles that visitors can drive and fly all over the map.

Visitors to the Gisborne A&P Show will get to traverse local territory – but not as they know it – thanks to the work of artist Amie Coker and a team of creative volunteers at Menzshed.

To bring Eastland Group’s regional infrastructure to life in an interactive and uniquely engaging way, it commissioned Amie to paint a map of the region. This artwork has been turned into a gigantic walk-on play-on floor at Eastland Group’s stand at the A&P Show.

Meanwhile, the mates at Menzshed used “found” materials to handcraft more than 100 wooden vehicles that visitors can drive and fly all over the map.

“Because the points of interest are so widespread there was no way to make the map geographically correct, which fits in well with my style of imagery,” Amie says. “The overall effect is a child-like, whimsical feel which makes the journey fun as well as educational.”

“I was born and bred in Gisborne and a lot of my work is inspired by places to which I have a real emotional attachment. The painting as a whole brings together many of those landmarks, so I hope it resonates as much with others as it does with me.”

Working solo dad and Menzshed stalwart James Aramoana says he’s always embraced a “Kiwiana, number-8-wire, fix-whatever-needs-to-be-fixed” approach to life. And he reckons the children who call in to play with the Menzshed-made toys are going to have a lot of fun.

“They need to be able to zoom around the exhibit with them, so there are cars, trucks, planes, boats and the like,” he says.

“Their makers got a lot of joy out of producing them.”

Coming together to work on a project like the toy-making creates a space where men can talk about anything.

“The whole concept around Menzshed is about giving men a place to go to help alleviate social isolation, keep busy and have a common purpose,” says James.

The Eastland Group stand is beside Eastland Community Trust’s stand. Go through Gate 1 and turn right before the event centre.

Visitors to the Gisborne A&P Show will get to traverse local territory – but not as they know it – thanks to the work of artist Amie Coker and a team of creative volunteers at Menzshed.

To bring Eastland Group’s regional infrastructure to life in an interactive and uniquely engaging way, it commissioned Amie to paint a map of the region. This artwork has been turned into a gigantic walk-on play-on floor at Eastland Group’s stand at the A&P Show.

Meanwhile, the mates at Menzshed used “found” materials to handcraft more than 100 wooden vehicles that visitors can drive and fly all over the map.

“Because the points of interest are so widespread there was no way to make the map geographically correct, which fits in well with my style of imagery,” Amie says. “The overall effect is a child-like, whimsical feel which makes the journey fun as well as educational.”

“I was born and bred in Gisborne and a lot of my work is inspired by places to which I have a real emotional attachment. The painting as a whole brings together many of those landmarks, so I hope it resonates as much with others as it does with me.”

Working solo dad and Menzshed stalwart James Aramoana says he’s always embraced a “Kiwiana, number-8-wire, fix-whatever-needs-to-be-fixed” approach to life. And he reckons the children who call in to play with the Menzshed-made toys are going to have a lot of fun.

“They need to be able to zoom around the exhibit with them, so there are cars, trucks, planes, boats and the like,” he says.

“Their makers got a lot of joy out of producing them.”

Coming together to work on a project like the toy-making creates a space where men can talk about anything.

“The whole concept around Menzshed is about giving men a place to go to help alleviate social isolation, keep busy and have a common purpose,” says James.

The Eastland Group stand is beside Eastland Community Trust’s stand. Go through Gate 1 and turn right before the event centre.

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