Eight new public art works dotted around central Christchurch as Scape 2022 kicks off

The piece, by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, was inspired by a Danish television police drama and investigates the invisible work involved in television. .  2022 Scape public art Christchurch

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The piece, by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, was inspired by a Danish television police drama and investigates the invisible work involved in television. . 2022 Scape public art Christchurch

A car hanging high in the air, 3D animation, figures of eight corpses, low brick walls and interactive games are all on display at Christchurch’s 2022 public art festival.

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Scape’s public art season, titled Sweat Equity, begins this Saturday and runs through Jan. 29.

A route was created through the city covering all the new artworks from Armagh St around the River Avon to Hereford St, the Arts Centre, the Botanic Gardens and Victoria St. Another trail also features 15 existing Scape artworks around the city.

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Eight local and international artists participated in the 2022 festival, including a white car raised high in the air on a steel structure, with water constantly pouring from the window.

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Scape's 2022 public art season in Christchurch will feature works from eight international and local artists.  Top left, Hye Rim Lee, Eddie Clemens, Wendelien Bakker, Jon Jeet.  Left to right, The Pacific Sisters, Jo Burzynska, Scott Flanagan and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.

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Scape’s 2022 public art season in Christchurch will feature works from eight international and local artists. Top left, Hye Rim Lee, Eddie Clemens, Wendelien Bakker, Jon Jeet. Left to right, The Pacific Sisters, Jo Burzynska, Scott Flanagan and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.

The piece, by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, was inspired by a Danish television police drama and investigates the invisible work involved in television. .

Former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, produced Ah God!​, an inspiring piece that invites the audience to step inside the thick curtains and watch their perspective change.

Ach Bog's masterpiece!  by former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, will feature in the city's Arts Centre.

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Ach Bog’s masterpiece! by former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, will feature in the city’s Arts Centre.

Jon Jeet, an artist from Maniapoto and a native of Fijian India, will show his corten steel works. Traditionally, the Maori developed and used toki – cutting tools made from pobonabo or stone – for a number of purposes, including gardening and wood carving.

Art by Pacific Sisters, first exhibited at the Hawai’i Triennial earlier this year, includes eight full-body portraits produced with photographer Pati Tyrell. Each shows an ancestor and answers the question “Who are you?”.

Jon Jeet, an artist from Maniapoto and a native of Fijian India, will be exhibiting his corten steel sculptures at the Christchurch Scape 2022 public art festival.

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Jon Jeet, an artist from Maniapoto and a native of Fijian India, will be exhibiting his corten steel sculptures at the Christchurch Scape 2022 public art festival.

A low wall using reclaimed bricks left in storage after the Canterbury earthquake was designed on the banks of the Avon by Wendelien Bakker, who lives in Auckland but hails from the Netherlands and Christchurch.

Young-Hae Chang​ Heavy Industries, an art collective from Seoul, features two artworks with black text on white background with jazz music.

Auckland-based Hye Rim Lee produced a five-minute 3D animation.

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Auckland-based Hye Rim Lee produced a five-minute 3D animation.

Auckland-based Hye Rim Lee has produced a five-minute 3D animation, featuring a vast digital fantasy.

An interactive multisensory sound and game installation, created by Lyttelton, multimedia artist and wine writer Jo Burzynska, will be at the Botanic Gardens. The speakers placed in the pergola in the fragrant garden will amplify the sound on the site.

Scape executive director Deborah McCormick said the organization was delighted to bring public art to Ōtautahi.

Jo Burzynska has created a sound installation and interactive multisensory game set in a pergola at the Botanic Gardens.

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Jo Burzynska has created a sound installation and interactive multisensory game set in a pergola at the Botanic Gardens.

The move will contribute to the vibrancy of the city center and build on the legacy of creativity and innovation for which Christchurch is known, McCormick said.

A number of special events are planned for the opening weekend, including a free walking tour led by curator Jamie Hanton, who will provide information on the artwork and artists. He will also talk about the production process and his vision for the season. Reservations are required.

The works of art from the winners of the “Re:Activate” contest will begin this Saturday.

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