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Life Will Go on Long After Money | Education Programme


Sculptor Ben Pearce has installed a large-scale interactive work in the gallery. Based on the true story of a man who built himself a get-away on the boulder bank of Nelson’s inlet, Pearce’s sculpture is a fascinating revisit of the event in which Ben himself played a surprising role. In the education programme, students explore ideas surrounding the meaning of home. The programme consists of a discussion and hands-on activity.



  • Curriculum strands: Visual Arts, English and Social Studies



  • Duration: 90 minutes



  • NCEA: 1.2-2.2-3.2- 1.1-2.1-3.1



  • Cost: Free



  • Suitable: All levels



  • Dates: Until 25 March 2018



Discussion: Students will discuss what home means using these questions:

What emotions do you associate with home?

How does it feel to be away from home? How does it feel to return home?

Who do you associate with home?

Why would someone like to live away from civilisation? (Not just spatially removed, but also removed from everything society provides, including the means of survival (food, etc.) and the rule of law).

What challenges might someone have living off grid?

What memories could someone make by living away from society?

What kind of skills would someone need to learn to be able to live off grid?

Workshop: Students imagine what would happen if they had no money and want to leave civilisation. Based on that, they will design a paper house and answer the questions listed below in their design.



  • Where would you build your own house?



  • What material would you use to build your house?



  • Is it like a normal house? A tree house? A boat house? Or something else?



  • How big or small would it be?



  • What are the things you would have to have in your house?



  • What would you take with you if you were to live off grid for ever?



  • How would you find food?



  • What are the things that you can make yourself without paying money for?



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