FlyieACreature flyingFrom September to November 2015, Papakura was invaded by interdimensional flying creatures.

Creatures nested in the alleyways, service lanes and interesting spaces of the town.

The creatures were accessed via black and white patterned ‘portals’ placed in and around businesses, alleyways, displays and windows. Papakura Business Association was a key partner who assisted in curating sites for the creatures and helped broker foster care by the business owners. By holding the camera view of an augmented reality app over the pattern the creatures were revealed.Marker_2

The creatures were located via clues posted on this page and on the Facebook/AwhiWorld site.

image4The creatures were ‘acclimatised’ to the Papakura landscape by local youth in workshops supported by Creative Communities.

The hands-on creature making workshops took place within the Papakura Marae community and at Papakura Art Gallery during September and October. A colouring competition (displayed in the gallery) allowed people to colour and connect with the creatures in other ways.MyScreenshot_11-05-16_12-09-15MyScreenshot_11-50-10_12-09-15



Awhi Creatures also had an installation in Papakura Art Gallery from September 5th to October 17th. People were invited to colour or make their own creature and display it on the wall next to an interactive immersive installation which included augmented and projected creatures.

Click here for an article about the creatures and here for our Radio NZ interview.

Awhi Creatures was created by Kim Newall and produced by Maggie Buxton. It was simultaneously an economic regeneration, digital capacity building, creative engagement, diversity and place making project.

Awhi Creatures Papakura was supported by:

Papakura Business Association

Papakura Art Gallery

and funded by Creative Communities