7 April, 2008
The ground-breaking Dyslexia Discovery Exhibit was awarded a silver medal at one of New Zealand’s most prestigious landscape honours, the bi-annual New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects Resene Pride of Place awards.
The judges noted that the exhibit transformed the front car park of a notable Worcester Boulevard villa into a place of expression for the dyslexic mind.
The design and construction process was managed by Christchurch-based landscape design firm, Morgan + Pollard Associates.
Roger Pollard, Morgan + Pollard Managing Director, described the award as an outstanding achievement and a tribute to the creative abilities of the people involved.
“This is an extraordinarily beautiful garden in an urban landscape that offers an incredible insight into the dyslexic mind and the creative energy within.”
Guy Pope-Mayell, Chair of Trustees of the Dyslexia Foundation, is delighted with the award, which comes only a year after the Government formally recognised dyslexia and begun the process of addressing the needs of dyslexic students in New Zealand schools.
“The Dyslexia Discovery Exhibit plays two vital roles. Firstly it’s a fantastic space, a serene spot in the Christchurch CBD for locals and visitors to enjoy. And secondly it confronts dyslexia head on; the sculptures help visitors to understand that dyslexia is so much more than a range of learning difficulties.
“Dyslexia is a creative gift, not a disability, and the calibre of people involved with the exhibit demonstrates the correlation between creative minds and success,” added Mr Pope-Mayell.
The Dyslexia Discovery Exhibit was conceived by some of New Zealand’s top creative minds including Richard Taylor and the Weta team, and sculptor Paul Dibble who was commissioned by the Dyslexia Foundation to reflect John Britten’s dreams of speed and flight. Other contributors included prominent UK artist Mackenzie Thorpe and Ron Davis, pioneer of the Davis Dyslexia Correction method.