HOW CAN THE COMMUNITY BE INVOLVED?
There are learning opportunities for aspiring youth to take part in the ‘hands on’ construction and installation of this massive sculpture, and the potential for the construction facility to live on in the future nurturing new students through the learning process.
“Whale Song” can provide opportunities for local schools to participate and be involved throughout the construction of the whales from the beginning to the end of the process.
The educational opportunities that can be developed around Whale Song are numerous and it is proposed to involve schools in the region from day one with projects on all aspects of whales from distribution to diet, population, biology, local history and much more. There could also be projects on sustainable energy, metals recycling, casting, sculpture, tourism and other local economic growth initiatives.
“Cans to Whales” Recycling Programme
– Kapiti Sustainability Campaign
With the dual outcomes of involving the community and reducing hard costs, the community, particularly children, would be asked to collect aluminium cans for the project. Yes, the majestic whales could be made of soft drink cans! It is proposed every collected alloy can, in return, be granted a pixel on any of the whales in a large wall or web diagram.
In advance of opening, the whale building ‘factory’ could host school groups and visitors from inception to completion of the project to see the biggest sculpture in New Zealand being made. A website that is under development would chart progress and make relevant information available to schools, their teachers and students as well as the general public.
A giant whale made out of marine litter was created on Potobello beach recently to demonstrate the quantity of plastic pollution entering the world's oceans very second.
“Whale Song” is also intended to provide a visual educational aspect on whales, their size, song, habits and structure. Associated displays would demonstrate the history of whaling in New Zealand, its effects and the conscious need for whale preservation today. They would also include displays focussed on adding historical interpretation of both European and Maori customs and culture in the area, their lifestyles through to eating and living habits.
Te Papa - Blue Whale Heart
A further educational option is the addition of a ‘walk in whale’, where the organs and bone structure would be visible. Approximately 4 metres in diameter, visitors could walk from one end to the other viewing the four chambered heart, massive lungs, the brain and the enormous vertebrae. As an educational experience this would be wholly memorable for both young and old.
Additionally, a structured foundation of “Whale Songs” could provide an area of exploration and discovery during the day, and an amphitheatre venue for a broad spectrum of entertainment, the performing arts and social activities at night.