Whangārei's Camera Obscura project was brought to life in the form of a human sculpture.
Last Friday students from Te Kāpehu Whetū, who have agreed to be the sculpture's kaitiaki, formed the shape of the sculpture on the site it will eventually be built.
The project's supporters, many local businesses whichhave donated money, product or services to the project, were in attendance and were invited to walk into the sculpture between the human walls.
Camera Obscura project team leader Diane Stoppard said the event was "a real celebration of the students".
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The students performed two waiata and Stoppard spoke about the progress of the project.
The project team have had two funding applications rejected but are seeking other funding opportunities and are very confident the project will happen.
Te Kāpehu Whetū teacher Morore Piripi said the school has a close affinity with the area.
"We want to be part of everything that's happening around here."
The students will also help with the educational packs which will go with the Obscura once it is complete.
Andrew Herbert, from Harnett Builders who have the contract to build the Obscura, said being in the middle of the human sculpture was cool and quite uniting.