Nelson's Larisse Hall, right, has created a ‘Fantastical Tea Party Table’ in Queens Gardens for Light Nelson, thanks to the help of Menzshed. Photo: Kate Russell.

Giant picnic table for Queens Gardens


Queens Gardens is set to become one giant tea party this Friday night for Light Nelson, with Menzshed installing a seven metre long picnic table at the entrance on Monday.

The table is made out of 18 saw horses – all built and installed at the gardens by members of Menzshed Nelson.

The brains behind the installation, Nelson artist Larisse Hall, says the idea is for the community to picnic on a “magical sumptuous feast” during the Light Nelson celebrations.

All the ‘goodies’ for the feast are made from paper mache and have been created by her art class students and pupils from Tahunanui and Enner Glynn Schools.

“Loads of people come together to make this possible,” says Larisse.

“Menzshed Nelson created the table all from donated material from The Kitchen Studio and Nelson Pine. It actually started out as a small picnic table, but once I saw the amazing space it was going in to, the idea just kept growing and growing,” she says.

Menzshed’s Wayne Logan says it’s their first completed community project since they moved to their new premises – the former Reliance Engineering building on Haven Rd.

The picnic table took them just three mornings to pre-fabricate, and once Light Nelson is finished on 10 July, the saw horses will go back to the shed and be “put to good use”.