A glimmering work of art made of silver packaging was exercising the maths skills of adult students at Launceston LINC on Tuesday.
Wynyard-based artist Ritchie Ares Dona led a workshop for people taking the literacy and numeracy program 26Ten, guiding them in piecing together the artwork.
The piece, for next year’s Ten Days on the Island festival, will be made from 80 000 silver triangles. Despite having trouble early on finding them, McDonalds supplied him recycled chip packets and coffee bags as material.
Students are learning mathematics through the project as they calculate the number of triangles needed.
“Everything is changing constantly, and you have to be doing that mathematics so you can plan ahead,” Mr Dona said.
However maths skills weren’t needed to make the piece.
Launceston LINC’s Jess Panday said the program gave an accessible way for students to learn maths.
The artwork, which will resemble rain, will hang from the glass ceiling of Burnie City Council when completed.