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

The album, 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 album, 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

An aerial car, 3D animation, eight ancient sculptures, a low brick wall and an interactive game all feature at the 2022 Christchurch Arts Festival.

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Scape’s public art season, titled Sweat Equity, begins Saturday and runs until January 29.

A route through the city has been designed 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.

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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, with water continuously pouring through its windows.

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The 2022 Scape art season in Christchurch will feature work from 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 2022 Scape art season in Christchurch will feature work from 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 album, 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, now based in Port Chalmers, produced it Hey Bog!.

The immersive masterpiece Ach Bog!  by former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, will be on view at the city's Art Centre.

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The immersive masterpiece Ach Bog! by former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, will be on view at the city’s Art Centre.

Jon Jeet, an artist from Maniapoto and of Fijian Indian origin, will present his metal toke. Traditionally, the Māori developed and used the toki – a cutting tool made of pounamu or stone – for many purposes including farming and wood carving.

The artwork by Pacific Sisters, which premiered at the Hawai’i Triennial earlier this year, consists of eight full-body portraits produced in collaboration with photographer Pati Tyrell. Each shows an ancestor and answers the question “Who are you?”.

Jon Jeet, an artist from Maniapoto and of Fijian Indian origin, will display his steel toque at the 2022 Christchurch Scape of public art.

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Jon Jeet, an artist from Maniapoto and of Fijian Indian origin, will display his steel toque at the 2022 Christchurch Scape of public art.

A low wall using recycled bricks left in storage after the Canterbury earthquakes was developed on the Avon Walls by Wendelien Bakker, who lives in Auckland but is from the Netherlands and Christchurch.

Young-Hae Chang, Heavy Industries, an art collective from Seoul, has two video artworks with black text on a white background and jazz accompaniment.

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

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

Hye Rim Lee, based in Auckland, produced a five-minute 3D animation, depicting the growing digital dream.

A sound installation and interactive multi-purpose game, created by Lyttelton-based multimedia artist and wine writer Jo Burzynska, will be in the Botanic Gardens. Speakers placed inside the pergola in the aromatic garden will amplify the sounds present on the site.

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

Jo Burzynska created a sound installation and interactive multi-material game inside the pergola at the Botanic Gardens.

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Jo Burzynska created a sound installation and interactive multi-material game inside the pergola at the Botanic Gardens.

The festival will contribute to the vibrancy of the city center 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 a free guided walking tour led by executive director 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 artists competition will be launched on Saturday and will be displayed in Hagley Park.

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