Diorama, Teds on Tour

Maker and role
Maker: Ailys Tewnion
Production date
May 2020
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Object Detail

Production place
Nelson/Nelson Region/New Zealand
Diorama of crotched car (plate number CNZ 2020) towing a caravan named "COVID CRUISER", and a AA-style yellow road side with various destinations listed e.g. "Skiing", "Stewie Island". Single bear standing holding travel bag with three bear faces on the windows of the car and 1 bear face on caravan window. Scene includes surf board and tent bag on the roof of car, two body boards, balls, chilly bin, table-tennis bats and a scooter with wooden handles. Made during Stage 2 of the national shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020 when kiwis were being encouraged to travel locally and support regional tourism. Displayed on maker's front fence to entertain people out on daily walks.
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Media/materials description
Acrylic yarn. Bears stuffed with Dacron and with galvanised or copper wires for rigidity. Some parts are glued at the feet. Includes some plastic components e.g. buttons and windows of car and caravan. Car and caravan made with cardboard and tape. Wooden chopsticks used for the tow bar.
0 - Whole = Height x Width x Length (mm) = 270 x 220 x 490mm
Maker biography
Ailys and her husband moved to Nelson from Christchurch in 1986 with their 2 children. Ailys maintains many interests including walking, swimming, knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking, gardening, mosaics, floral art, volunteering and collecting ‘stuff’ when on holidays e.g. stones, driftwood, shells, wool – you just never know when they many come in handy.

Lockdown in April 2020 didn’t allow Ailys to spend quality time with her children and grandchildren. There were no regular swims or walks and coffee with friends, but it did give her unlimited and uninterrupted hours to pursue her passion for making things.
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Diorama, Teds on Tour. Nelson Provincial Museum Collection: NPM2020.57.3


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