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Event Name The Grove of Intention: A Place for Healing Mural

Event Name The Grove of Intention: A Place for Healing Mural

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  • Sun 24 Mar ’19, 12:00pm – 3:00pm


Westpac Lane, 145 Westpac Lane, Christchurch District


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

The Grove of Intention, an experiential mural for healing, contemplation, connection, and community is being created in Christchurch Central. The 8’ x 75’ project is a collaboration between two women and two communities from the United States and New Zealand coming together to bring transformational beauty.

The project was inspired by Klimt’s Tree of Life, Shiloh Sophia McCloud’s Witness Tree at Wisdom 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, CA and Kerry Lee’s 12’x16’ The Intention Tree mural at the First Street Artist’s Alley in Napa, California and became a part of Christchurch’s Enliven Places Programme. Originally designed as a way to spark conversation the mural soon became a healing balm for the recent tragedy, the first mass shooting in New Zealand.

The project was designed by two Intentional Creativity Teachers, Kerry Lee of California and Rosie McCarthy of Christchurch.

The mural is an interactive work of art consisting of consists of seven symbolic gilded golden trees. Each tree has a theme and a related inquiry including:

The Wish Tree
What is one big wish you have for yourself?

The Peace Tree
What is one wish you have for the world?

The Wellbeing Tree
What nourishes your soul?

The Connection Tree
Where in Christchurch is your favourite place to be in conversation?

The Witness Tree
How do you help improve the world?

The Wisdom Tree
What is something you know for sure?

The Gratitude Tree
What are you grateful for?

Unique Contemporary Symbolism at the base of each trees tie in to the overall themes including simple whimsical houses symbolizing connection, triple spirals representing balance, triangles symbolizing change and circles representing humanity and our oneness and more.

Native New Zealand birds grace the branches and the general public’s responses to each tree’s inquiry are painted on the branches for viewers to recognize our commonalities and encourage conversation. Given the tragedy, the artists are adding white thumbprints to The Connection Tree representing each person who lost their life.

The Artists were minutes from going to work on the mural, located in between the two shooting locations when they received notice of the attack. They continued paint the three week project on the days following the shootings.

Kerry Lee state “An indescribable dark cloud of sadness and silence has come over this beautiful city. I have become very familiar with the sights and sounds of Westpac Lane where the mural is coming into form. Right now there are few people and few of the background sounds of humans going about life. And those who do come by seem to be extra present for others.

As an American, where shootings are not unusual, however certainly not the norm it feels like New Zealand has had a major cultural stock. Much like 9/11 was in the US. And yet from this horrific experience I am also getting to witness the deep and broad love the Kiwis have for each other and for all.”

In support of community healing the unveiling of The Grove will take place on Saturday March 23, 2019 from noon until 3pm at 145 Westpac Lane in Christchurch. All are welcomed to participate by writing their answers to the:

“It is our hope that The Grove of Intention will provide a place where love and compassion for each other can continue long after the memorial flowers at the Botanical Garden are gone.” - IC Teacher and Artist Kerry Lee

During the unveiling celebration you are invited to write you one-word answers on a temporary paper leaf and add it to the trees. Artists Rosie Mac and Kerry Lee will paint answers on the branches of the trees.

Afterwards citizens and visitors to Christchurch City Center are also invited to visit the trees on their own, as family, with friends, as a school outing or with a group. Visitors can write their one word answers on a piece of paper and take a photo with the mural to post on social media with the hashtag: #TheGroveOfIntention

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