The piece, by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, was inspired by a Danish police television drama and explores the invisible work involved in television. 2022 Scape Christchurch public art
A car suspended high in the air, 3D animation, eight ancestral paintings, a low brick wall and an interactive game all feature in Christchurch’s 2022 public art festival.
Scape’s public art season, titled Sweat Equity, begins on Saturday and runs until January 29.
A route was created through the city including all the new artwork from Armagh Street around the River Avon to Hereford Street, the Arts Centre, Botanic Gardens and Victoria Street.
Eight local and international artists have submitted pieces for the 2022 festival, including a white car raised high in the air on a steel structure, with water pouring continuously from the his 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, who now lives in Port Chalmers, has produced But Soft!an immersive piece that invites audiences to walk into a thick vinyl curtain and see how their perspective changes.
Jon Jeet, an artist from Maniapoto and of Fijian Indian descent, will present his corten steel toki. Traditionally, the Māori toki – a cutting tool made of pounamu or stone – was shaped and used for a variety of purposes including gardening and wood carving.
Artwork by Pacific Sisters, first exhibited at the Hawai’i Triennial earlier this year, features eight full-body portraits produced in collaboration with photographer Pati Tyrell. Each one shows an ancestor and answers the question “Who are you?”.
A low wall using recycled bricks left in storage after the Canterbury earthquakes was 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 backing.
Auckland-based Hye Rim Lee has produced a five-minute 3D animation, featuring sprawling digital photography.
An interactive multi-sensory game and sound installation, created by Lyttelton-based multimedia artist and wine writer Jo Burzynska, will be at the Botanic Gardens. Speakers located inside the pergola in the aromatic garden will amplify the sounds present on the site.
Scape executive director Deborah McCormick said the group was proud to bring more public art to Ōtautahi.
The event will add to the vibrancy of the city and build on the legacy of creativity and innovation that Christchurch was famous for, said McCormick.
A number of special events are planned for the opening weekend including free guided tours led by managing curator Jamie Hanton, who will provide background information on the artwork and the artists. He will also talk about the production process and his outlook for the season. Reservations are required.
Artwork from the winners of the Re:Activate artist competition will be launched on Saturday and will be on display at Hagley Park.