Dec 04 2014

Auckland schools create a wave of hope this Christmas in Wynyard Quarter

The Gantry framing Silo Park has received a special makeover this summer in the form of creative upcycling.

The Roots Creative Entrepreneurs have brought 11 Auckland schools together to create a spectacular sculptural installation over the 12 metre high steel structure this December and January.

4000 messages of hopes and dreams have been collected from students Auckland-wide and carefully placed in 4000 upcycled bottles. The bottles were then woven into sheets and installed  to create a striking wave formation.  

With a real focus on upcycling, at the end of the project the bottles will form the walls of three greenhouses that will be gifted to schools.

Waterfront Auckland Place Manager Frith Walker says the opportunity to hand the Gantry over to the Roots to create some magic over the next couple of months is exciting.

“The ethos and kaupapa of this group is truly inspirational, and the fact that so many young Aucklander’s have helped make this work is a testament to their heart and drive.”

“A sight to behold, this is a community-focussed, sustainable installation emphasising hope over the festive season.”

The Roots collective will also be hosting free workshops every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5 - 21 December under the Gantry. Interactive elements will include a series of workshops, a confidence course, playful elements and games made from upcycled materials. 

The Roots Creative Entrepreneurs work with both students and young professionals to help create opportunities for creativity, innovation and sustainability to give back to the community. 

The Message in a Bottle and Under the Sea interactive hub is just one of the many things to see and do in Wynyard Christmas Quarter this summer. From Friday 5 December all your Silo Park favourites are back; Silo Cinema, markets, music, ASB Santa’s Bach and a few surprises along the way.

Visit to see more.