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The piece, by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, was inspired by a Danish police drama and explores the invisible work involved in television. 2022 Scape public art Christchurch
A hovercraft, 3D animation, eight portraits of ancestors, a mini brick wall and an interactive game will all feature in Christchurch’s 2022 public art festival.
Scape’s public art season, called Sweat Equity, will begin Saturday and run through January 29.
A route has been created through the city that includes all the new artwork from Armagh St around the River Avon to Hereford St, the Arts Centre, the Botanic Gardens and Victoria St. Another route will also feature 15 existing Scape artworks placed around the city.
Eight local and international artists have contributed pieces for the 2022 festival, including a white car suspended in the air on a metal structure, with water pouring from its windows.
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The piece, by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, was inspired by a Danish television police drama and explores the invisible work involved in television.
Former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, now based in Port Chalmers, has produced Oh God!a fascinating piece that invites the audience to step into the thick vinyl curtain and see how their perspective changes.
Jon Jeet, a Maniapoto artist of Fijian Indian descent, will display his corten steel sculpture. Traditionally, Māori made and used the toki – a cutting tool made from pounamu or stone – for a number of purposes including gardening and wood carving.
The Pacific Sisters painting, which premiered at Hawai’i’s Trinity Festival earlier this year, consists of eight full-body portraits created in collaboration with photographer Pati Tyrell. Each shows a grandfather and addresses the question “Who are you?”.
A low wall using recycled bricks left in storage after the Canterbury earthquakes was built on the banks of the Avon by Wendelien Bakker, who lives in Auckland but is originally from the Netherlands and Christchurch.
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, an art group from Seoul, features two video artworks with black text on a white background and jazz accompaniment.
Auckland-based Hye Rim Lee has produced a five-minute 3D animation, featuring a sprawling digital landscape.
The multi-sensory interactive audio installation, created by Lyttelton multimedia artist and wine writer Jo Burzynska, will be in the Botanic Gardens. Speakers placed inside the pergola in the fragrant garden will amplify the sounds present on the site.
Scape executive director Deborah McCormick said the organization was proud to bring more public art to Ōtautahi.
The event will contribute to the vibrancy of the capital city and build on the legacy of creativity and innovation for which Christchurch was known, McCormick said.
A number of special events are planned for the opening weekend including free guided walking tours led by senior curator Jamie Hanton, who will provide background on the artworks and artists. He will also talk about the production process and his vision for the season. Reservations are required.
Artwork from the winners of the Re:Activate artists competition will be unveiled on Saturday and will be on display in Hagley Park.