The RAVE furniture

Jam Session on Jan 13th in Rotorua. Barry (on the reject seat to the right of the Table seat) Don (on the macrapapa seat) and Anna (on the retro bench).

Jam Session on Jan 13th in Rotorua. Barry (on the “Reject” seat, so called, because it had borer in the wood) to the right of the “Table” seat) Don (on the “Macrapapa” seat) and Anna (on the “Retro” bench).

Sen’s art residency was to create new stuff out of old wood or old furniture donated by the citizens of Rotorua.
Sen flanked by a musician and a yoga practitioner

Sen flanked by a musician and a yoga practitioner


Here are the results of this. For the Jan 13th Hot Lakes Craft Fair we took the chairs outside and a jam session ensued courtesy of Don C (on Martin guitar), Anna on ukelele, and Barry on harmonica.

Sen’s proposal was to make a sculptural gazebo or temple form from diverse seats a bit like the June 2012 project however in response to the wood we ended up with, we made furniture (Sonja made the “Macrapapa” seat and Sen made all the other items. In the end 9 seats (benches or chairs) and one vanity were created.

>> The blog about Sen’s first three chairs
>> Sen’s proposal with illustrations
>> Our final project at RAVE: The exhibition, “Portraits of the Spirit – Ngā Whakaahua o te Wairua”

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Sen’s RAVE chairs 22 December 2012

Three of Sen's RAVE chairs with three of the RAVE 2012/13 artist in residence, Anna Borrie, Sen McGlinn and  Fabiola Barba, in front of the Rotorua Art Village studios.

Sen’s first three RAVE chairs and three of the RAVE 2012/13 artist in residence:
Anna Borrie, Sen McGlinn and Fabiola Barba, in front of the Rotorua Art Village studios.


Sen's seat in front of the Rotorua Art Village. Photo: Fabiola Barba

Sen’s seat in front of the Rotorua Art Village. Photo: Fabiola Barba


Twins from Denver, Colorado in one of Sen's seats at RAVE.

Twins from Denver, Colorado,
try out one of Sen’s seats at RAVE.

Sen is in residence at the Rotorua Art VillagE (info about RAVE) until Jan 17th with a brief return around Jan 22-24.

Come in any time (official hours are Monday to Saturday
11 – 3 p.m.
when all 8 artists are in action in their studios, but we are open from around 9 to 10 pm) for a sit down or to bring some of your broken furniture for a new lease of life.

By Jan 5th a schedule will be posted of the activities (talks, club and society meetings) planned to happen inside the circle of chairs at RAVE (googlemaps link) 1240 Hinemaru St (corner of Hinemoa St) between the Rotorua Museum and the Polynesian Spa. Tel: 07 – 3489008 (ask for Sen if you are offering wood or old furniture and ring for a long time if ringing outside of office hours so we have time to get to the phone).

See the Sculpture for Community Spirit blog
(5 Nov 2012) for more about this project of Sen’s.