Community invited to punch Covid-19

Greenlight Innovations director Leon Hartnett is inviting the Invercargill community to "punch...
Greenlight Innovations director Leon Hartnett is inviting the Invercargill community to "punch Covid" as a way to make people feel better. PHOTO: LUISA GIRAO
An Invercargill man is inviting people to punch Covid-19.

Worried about the stressful toll the pandemic has had on the community, Greenlight Innovations director Leon Hartnett wanted to do something to connect the community, while helping with their wellbeing.

He decided to create a series of pop-up art events to bring some fun to the region which has been suffering from the cancellation of major events.

"For the last while, with Covid, it has been really hard to get people together so we’ve spent some time thinking about how we could do something which would bring fun, like a pop-up event to avoid larger gatherings."

Inspired by Dunedin woman Cindy Diver and her "Random Acts of Art" project, he decided to create a series of simple street installations to raise the community’s spirits.

The first of them is a "punch Covid in the face" event where people are invited to punch a knitted "Covid virus" punching bag.

The Covid-like bag will be placed in the entrance of Invercargill City Library today from 11am-1pm.

Other events are planned.

 

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