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THE ZEN GARDEN • 2014

Over a six week period, myself and a group of amazing people moved, groomed and magically transformed a gravelly site into a sublime zen garden. The materials at our disposal were tyres, bricks, broken pieces of wood, tiles, lupin shrubs and many many greywacke stones. We purchased soil and grass to populate the rubbish piles with a luxurious green carpet. Rocks were collected from the gardens of earthquaked houses. It was lovely to be able to shift these rocks and reactive them in the unique and burgeoning post quake CBD.

I was lucky enough to be awarded money from the second funding round of The Social, a post quake artist funding group organised by Art Beat. The Site lease was brokered by Life in Vacant Spaces. A wonderful organisation who is the often silent reason for the success of many transitional post quake projects.

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A friend was hosting his wise master meditation teacher from Singapore and took him on a tour through the city. This man was affronted by the state of the CBD. Looking left to right, right to left he proclaimed each and every site was a mess! This was true until he drove past this spot and observed, “ah, but THAT looks like a Zen Garden”.

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