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Jun 11, 2015 5:05 PM ET

Archived: DIRTY-help our community Totem Pole rise: to create a community eco totem pole using eco-materials and building techniques which are safe and accessible

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 11, 2015

DIRTY-help our community Totem Pole rise

Drawing on several years experience building with the materials, including previously running
workshops in both creating adobe bricks and cob, Hannah Gardiner in collaboration with
C.O.B (Community Outreach Building) will guide the young people through a series of structured workshops, demonstrating the links of their workshop experience with wider applications for eco-building.
The first practical workshop will involve making a cob mix.

Other workshops would include: a talk about natural building, experimenting with mark making techniques, using bricks to build the final form, and creating a relief mural on the final form.
The only parts that the young people would not be able to be directly involved in would be laying the foundations and adding the final water-proof render.

What we’ll do:

  • Create a totem pole with self-built eco materials
  • Create several power animals sculptures (butterflies, walruses , panther, sheep)
  • Decorate the totem with relief carving and printed motifs.

Why it’s a great idea:

– DIRTY gives the opportunity for people to develop skills and knowledge of
sustainable building techniques
– It expande creativity and confidence in younger and older people, while enjoying themselves.
– It enhance community cohesion and favour intergenerational exchange, as different age-groups work together.
– The act of putting the feet in mud is a great experience especially for young people from the city,
– The process develops communication and team-work skills.
– This project will give community ownership to the final iconic sculpture with the local animal icons of the areas, reducing risk of vandalism.

How we’ll get it done:

  • practical workshops
  • Talks about natural building philosophy and practice introducing eco-building techniques
  • Mark making techniques
  • creating bricks to build the Totem pole
  • Creating a relief mural on the final form


The workshops would be carried out with pupils from the chosen areas junior schools and
elderly members of the public. The local community will be directly involved and “get
their hands dirty” in almost every stage of the process.

Follow-up session:

At the end of the project, with the unveiling celebration, the leading artist will work with the
children to create a short presentation about the techniques used to be shared with the
wider community. We could also document the project with a blog, with any young person
who is interested collaborating on this.

Contact Information:

Maria Bada

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