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Residents of Enliven’s Kandahar Home in Masterton are busy creating a mosaic masterpiece to become a permanent artistic fixture in the home’s front garden.
The mosaic project was started by Kandahar’s artist in residence, Keith Neal, who wanted to do something special for the home.
“I wanted to do some sort of installation of my work here for the home,” says Keith.
“I liked the idea of having the Alzheimer’s forget-me-not flowers on the front of the pyramid and I came up with the idea of getting other residents involved if they have something they want to put on it.”
Keith explains the artwork is a one metre tall pyramid with a wooden base which was made by the Masterton Men’s Shed. The pyramid will have mosaic artworks installed on three sides when it is completed in a few months’ time.
“I’m using mirror glass in the front design which is quite sharp, so I’m doing that part myself. The rest will be made up of smashed china, which the other residents will be able to work with.”
He says art is an important part of his life and he is happy that Kandahar Home encourages and supports him to continue with his hobby.
“Art is quite therapeutic for me and it’s something I really enjoy doing. They’re letting me use a spare room here as a studio – it’s just like home,” says Keith.
“People are always coming and going to see what I’m working on, which inspires me to do more. It’s nice that people take such an interest here.”
Kandahar Home recreation officer Di McCuish says the residents and staff of Kandahar Home are looking forward to seeing the project completed.
“It will look amazing when the sun hits it. It will become a permanent fixture at Kandahar Home made by the people who live here, which is really special.”
Kandahar Home and sister-site Kandahar Court are operated by Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, and provide a full spectrum of rest home support including, rest home, hospital, and dementia care. Both homes are also able to offer short-term respite and health recovery care.
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