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The piece, created by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, was inspired by a Danish police drama and investigates the invisible work involved in television. 2022 Scape public art Christchurch
A car suspended in the air, 3D animation, eight ancestor paintings, a low brick wall and a game play, all feature in Christchurch’s 2022 public art festival.
Scape’s public art season, called Sweat Equity, starts on Saturday and runs until January 29.
A route has been created through the city including all the new works of art from Armagh St around the River Avon to Hereford St, the Arts Centre, the Botanic Gardens and Victoria St. Another route will feature 15 Scape artworks around the city.
Eight local and international artists have contributed pieces for the 2022 festival, including a white car suspended high in the air on a steel structure, water flowing continuously from its windows.
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The piece, created by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, was inspired by a Danish police drama and investigates the invisible work involved in television.
Former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, presented Ah God!.
Jon Jeet, an artist from Maniapoto and a native of Fijian India, will show off his corten steel toki. Traditionally, Māori shaped and used the toki – a cutting tool made from pounamu or stone – for many purposes including planting and wood carving.
The Pacific Sisters artwork, which premiered at the Hawai’i Triennial earlier this year, consists of eight full-body portraits created in collaboration with photographer Pati Tyrell. Each represents an ancestor and answers the question “Who are you?”.
A low wall using reclaimed bricks left after the Canterbury earthquakes was created 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, has two video clips with black text on a white background that go along with jazz.
Hye Rim Lee, who lives in Auckland, produced a five-minute 3D animation, with lots of digital fantasy.
A sound installation and interactive game, created by Lyttelton-based multimedia artist and wine writer Jo Burzynska, will be in the Botanic Gardens. Speakers placed in the pergola in the fragrance garden will amplify the sounds on site.
Scape’s executive director, Deborah McCormick, said the organization is proud to bring more art to the community in Ōtautahi.
The event will contribute to the revitalization of the city center and build on the innovation and creativity that Christchurch was known for, McCormick said.
A number of special events are planned for the opening weekend including free guided tours led by curator Jamie Hanton, who will provide background on the artworks and 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 aspiring artists Competition will be launched on Saturday and will be displayed in Hagley Park.