The Wellington City Missioner has been plying the Cathedral with extra members lately – but their response has been a little wooden.
Puns aside, the wooden statues that are to appear in the Cathedral forecourt in August carry an important message. They will form part of a collective art installation entitled Turangawaewae, as part of the national call to prayer and action for the housing crisis.
“Each statue aims to highlight that real people and real stories are behind Aotearoa New Zealand’s situation of homelessness,” says the City Missioner, Rev Tric Malcolm. “Each wooden person represents 1,000 Kiwis that live with the reality of homelessness. Some of those wooden people will be turned into artworks, others will be covered with information offering insight into the world of homelessness, others will be left blank – their stories yet to be told.”
Homelessness affects 41,705 people in New Zealand, according to the 2013 Census. It’s defined as being without shelter, in temporary accommodation, sharing accommodation, or in uninhabitable housing.
Turangawaewae is part of our diocese’s month of prayer and action on the housing crisis, and includes the call to find 1,000 responses to the housing crisis within our faith communities, as well as an election forum on housing issues, to be jointly hosted with the Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington on the 9th of August.
You can see more photos of Tric and her team preparing the wooden people on our Facebook page.
Would you like to be one of the artists? Contact Tric on firstname.lastname@example.org. Each statue is 1,200mm x 800mm and needs to be collected by Sunday the 6th of August. Artworks need to be returned to the Cathedral by Tuesday the 22nd of August.
The art installation will be launched at Evensong at the Cathedral on Sunday the 27th of August, will be able to be viewed from 8:30am – 5:30pm from Monday the 28th of August until Saturday the 2nd of September, and 8:30am – 12pm on Sunday the 3rd of September. Turangawaewae is a joint initiative of the Wellington City Mission, the Bishop of Wellington, and Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.
For more information about the 1,000 responses to the housing crisis, the election forum or for housing-related information and resources, head to movementonline.org.nz/housing.