Walking along the waterfront, I keep my eyes peeled for the next sculpture, searching for the following quote like clues to a treasure hunt.
I find snippets of inspiration from each of the 23 typographical monuments making up The Wellington Writers Walk, like Bill Manhire’s words: “I live at the edge of the universe like everybody else.”
Strong gusts of wind iconic to the city drum into me; I feel like a delicate paper kite that could be swept away by the next squall.
Yes, I’m on the edge of the universe.
I pass pupils from Hataitai Primary School sprawled out on concrete, chalk in hands. They’re adorning the ground with bright swirls and designs as part of a study on mindfulness and how creativity affects mental health.
Seeing the creative process is uplifting and it takes me back to my childhood where a very patient mother put up with a daughter who expressed herself with paint: lots of it, everywhere. I promise myself to rekindle that pastime.
Reported by Monica Tischler for our AA Directions Autumn 2019 issue