Since 2011 Gap Filler has been providing homes for pre-loved pianos in public spaces and vacant sites around Christchurch. Pianos have come and gone and have been up-cycled after they have had their day in the sun . . . of course the better the shelter the longer the life of the piano. . .
In 2015 we asked Design and Visual Communication Year 10 students from Avonside Girls High School to design a shelter for a piano at The Commons. They came up with a number of creative ways to house our piano and with our input created a collaborative design using recycled materials. Students helped lay the foundations and build the walls of the shelter and the build was completed with the help of volunteers.
The students gained a merit award for this project in the 2015 Neighbourhood Engineers Award as well as some great experience; “It has enabled the students to build on 21st century learning skills such as real world problem solving, working collaboratively with others, knowledge construction, communication and contributing to the community.” The Tatler, Avonside Girls’ High School December Newsletter.
The piano was given to us for another lease of life and is currently being enjoyed by pianists from near and far.
We are currently working with a local artist to design and paint the facade and interior of the shelter.
Special thanks to Sheena Scott, HOD Design and Visual Communications at Avonside Girls High School, Jess Smale, Dulux and Armstrong Security.