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Ellerslie becomes Aaron Wills’s creative outlet

Ellerslie becomes Aaron Wills’s creative outlet

Media Release March 10 2009

A chance meeting in a Lyttelton Hotel led to a dream project for Aaron Wills.

His stunning ironwork chair set and sunflower sculpture form the centrepiece of Dig This, Lyttelton Community Garden’s entry into the Ellerslie Flower Show.

Aaron had been looking for a local opportunity to do some community service hours when photos of a project he’d just finished were spotted by a Project Lyttelton member.

The Project Lyttelton Ellerslie team had been keeping an eye out for metalworking skills, Aaron was offered an opportunity to work on pieces for the display garden and eagerly welcomed to the team.

With his workshop set up in the basement of the Community Resource Building, Aaron set about making stunning sculpural iron furniture using recycled scrap metals and recycled timber.

Working closely with the project team, especially in what became the “men’s shed” Aaron got to try out some ideas he’d been thinking about.

It’s been amazing actually. It’s good being something like a competition for starters. It’s been marvellous, a good opportunity really.”

Working on the Ellerslie Flower show was exciting, and it was much more diverse than what he had expected, Aaron said.

I didn’t realise people did all sorts of garden features and timberwork.”

He’s had lots of visitors during the project from family and friends. Many had never been up to the building and community garden before.

The project had brought members of the community together and attracted a wide range of skills from the community, Project Lyttelton spokesperson Wendy Everingham said.

The entire project has created so much goodwill and comradery. The end result really reflects the generosity, community spirit and creativity of Lyttelton people.”

Aaron worked with huge team of volunteers, from carpenters to plant-sitters. He appreciated the team atmosphere on the project and the way everyone worked together.

It’s always good to have teamwork round the place.”



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