The piece, by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, was inspired by a Danish television police drama and investigates the unseen work of television. 2022 Christchurch public art scape
Cars suspended in the air, 3D animation, eight portraits of ancestors, low brick walls and interactive games are all at Christchurch’s 2022 public art festival.
Scape’s public art season, titled Sweat Equity, kicks off Saturday and runs through January 29.
A trail has been created through the city to include all the new artworks from Armagh St. around the Avon River to Hereford St., the Art Center, Botanic Gardens and Victoria St. Another walkway will also feature 15 Scape artworks dotted around the city.
Eight local and international artists have contributed pieces for the 2022 festival, including a white car raised high in the air on a steel structure, with water pouring continuously from its windows.
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The piece, by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, was inspired by a Danish television police drama and investigates the unseen work of television.
Former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, has produced Ah God!, an immersive piece that invites audiences to walk into a thick vinyl curtain and see how their view changes.
Jon Jeet, an artist of Maniapoto and Fijian Indian descent, will show his corten steel toki. Traditionally, Māori built and used toki – cutting tools made from pounamu or stone – for a number of purposes including gardening and wood carving.
The artwork by Pacific Sisters, first exhibited at the Hawai’i Triennial earlier this year, comprises eight full-body portraits produced in collaboration with photographer Pati Tyrell. Each represents an ancestor and answers the question “Who are you?”.
The lower wall using recycled bricks left in the warehouse after the Canterbury earthquake has been developed on the banks of the Avon by Wendelien Bakker, who lives in Auckland but is from the Netherlands and Christchurch.
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, an art collective from Seoul, presents two video artworks with black text on a white background with jazz accompaniment.
Hye Rim Lee, based in Auckland, has produced a five-minute 3D animation, featuring a sprawling digital dreamscape.
An interactive multisensory sound and game installation, created by Lyttelton-based multimedia artist and wine writer Jo Burzynska, will be in the Botanic Gardens. Speakers set in the pergola in the fragrant garden will amplify the sound present on the site.
Scape executive director Deborah McCormick said the organization was proud to bring public art to Ōtautahi.
The event will contribute to the vibrancy of the central city and build on the legacy of creativity and innovation that Christchurch is well known for, said McCormick.
A number of special events are planned for opening weekend including free guided walking tours led by managing curator Jamie Hanton, who will provide background on the art and artists. He will also talk about the production process and his vision for the season. Bookings are required.
Artwork from the winners of the Re:Activate aspiring artist competition will be launched on Saturday and will be on display in Hagley Park.