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

The piece, by Auckland artist Eddie Clemens, was inspired by a Danish police TV drama and investigates the invisible labor associated with television.  2022 Scape Christchurch public art

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The piece, by Auckland artist Eddie Clemens, was inspired by a Danish police TV drama and investigates the invisible labor associated with television. 2022 Scape Christchurch public art

A car hanging high in the air, 3D animation, eight ancient portraits, a low brick wall and an interactive game all feature in Christchurch’s 2022 public arts festival.

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Scape’s public art season, called Sweat Equity, starts on Saturday and runs until January 29.

A route has been created through the city encompassing all the new artworks from Armagh Street around the River Avon to Hereford Street, the Arts Centre, the Botanic Gardens and Victoria Street. Another walking route will also feature 15 of Scape’s existing artworks scattered around the city.

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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 constantly pouring from its windows.

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

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

The piece, by Auckland artist Eddie Clemens, was inspired by a Danish police TV drama and investigates the invisible labor associated with television.

Former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan​, who now lives in Port Chalmers, has produced Oh Cors!​, an immersive piece that invites audiences to walk into a thick vinyl curtain and see how their view changes.

The immersive artwork Ach Bog!  by former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, will appear at the city's Arts Centre.

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The immersive artwork Ach Bog! by former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, will appear at the city’s Arts Centre.

Jon Jeet, an artist of Maniapoto Indian and Fijian descent, will be exhibiting his corten steel dock. Traditionally Māori shaped and used a toki – a cutting tool made from pounamu or stone – for a number of purposes including gardening and wood carving.

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

Jon Jeet, an artist of Maniapoto Indian and Fijian descent, will exhibit his corten steel dock at the Christchurch Scape 2022 public art festival.

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Jon Jeet, an artist of Maniapoto Indian and Fijian descent, will exhibit his corten steel dock at the Christchurch Scape 2022 public art festival.

A low wall using recycled bricks left in storage after the Canterbury earthquakes has been developed on the banks of the Avon by Wendelien Bakker, who lives in Auckland but comes from the Netherlands and Christchurch.

Young-Hae Chang​Heavy Industries, a Seoul-based art collective, features two video artworks with black text on a white background with jazz accompaniment.

Hye Rim Lee, based in Auckland, has produced a five minute long 3D animation.

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Hye Rim Lee, based in Auckland, has produced a five minute long 3D animation.

Auckland-based Hye Rim Lee has produced a five-minute long 3D animation, featuring sprawling digital dreams.

An interactive multi-sensory game and sound installation, created by Lyttelton-based multimedia artist and wine writer Jo Burzynska, will be in the Botanic Gardens. Speakers placed within a pergola in the fragrant garden will amplify the sounds present on site.

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

Jo Burzynska has created a sound installation and an interactive multi-sensory game within a pergola in the Botanic Gardens.

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Jo Burzynska has created a sound installation and an interactive multi-sensory game within a pergola in the Botanic Gardens.

The event will contribute to the vibrancy of the central city and build on the legacy of creativity and innovation that Christchurch was known for, McCormick said.

A number of special events are planned for the opening weekend including free guided walks led by managing 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 aspiring artist competition will be launched on Saturday and will be displayed in Hagley Park.

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