The Palms Shopping Centre: Giant puzzle calls for community collaboration

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This May, The Palms Shopping Centre is calling out to the community to be a part of a project that requires all hands on deck – 1,000 hands, to be exact.

With the help of local Christchurch artist Brett King, The Palms is creating a piece of artwork that will consist of a 1,000-piece puzzle. When all the pieces are added, the puzzle will form their new community mural wall.

“The idea is to bring everyone together; to demonstrate a sense of wholeness and to represent the part every local plays in the community,” says The Palms marketing manager, Laura Jones.

From the 15th May, a “Hello Neighbour” pack will be delivered to 1,000 homes in the local area, inviting residents to bring in a card to redeem an instant prize as well as their giant puzzle piece to take part in building the large puzzle.

“We wanted to create something that our locals could own and feel proud of; each piece represents a family who is a part of our community.

Brett King is designing and illustrating the artwork, which will be revealed when all pieces are put in place. Once complete, the puzzle will be permanently placed upon the Golf Links road entrance wall.

“I’ve spent a lot of time overseas, but Christchurch is where I’m from and where my heart lies, so I’m really excited to be on board with this community project,” says Brett King.

“It’s going to be great to see it all come together when everyone brings their puzzle pieces along. I won’t give away too much, but the piece will be vibrant and colourful, inspired by the people, activities and nature of our local environment.”

Residents who receive a “Hello Neighbour” pack are able to come along to The Palms Shopping Centre between Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st of May to retrieve their prize and puzzle piece and add to the puzzle. The complete puzzle will be installed onto the Golf Links Road entrance wall on the morning of Monday 22nd May.