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

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

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

Christchurch’s 2022 Public Art Festival features a car suspended high in the sky, a 3D animation, eight portraits of ancestors, a low brick wall and an interactive game.

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The Scape public art season, Sweat Equity, begins Saturday and runs through January 29.

A trail through the city has been created to include all the new artwork from Armagh St around the River Avon to Hereford St, the Arts Centre, Botanic Gardens and Victoria St. Another walkway consists of 15 existing Scape artworks around the city.

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Eight local and international artists have contributed pieces to the 2022 event, which features a white car suspended high in the sky on a steel structure that pours continuously from its windows.

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Christchurch's 2022 Scape Public Art Season showcases work from eight international and local artists.  Top left, Hye Rim Lee, Eddie Clemens, Wendalien Bakker, John Geet.  Bottom row from left, Pacific Sisters, Joe Berzynska, Scott Flanagan and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.

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Christchurch’s 2022 Scape Public Art Season showcases work from eight international and local artists. Top left, Hye Rim Lee, Eddie Clemens, Wendalien Bakker, John Geet. Bottom row from left, Pacific Sisters, Joe Berzynska, Scott Flanagan and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.

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

Produced by ex-Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers. Oh bog!An immersive piece that invites the audience to step inside a thick vinyl screen and see how their vision changes.

The immersive artwork Ach Bog!  Scott Flanagan, a former Christchurch artist who now lives in Port Chalmers, is on display at the city's arts centre.

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The immersive artwork Ach Bog! Scott Flanagan, a former Christchurch artist who now lives in Port Chalmers, is on display at the city’s arts centre.

Jon Jeet, an artist of Maniapoto and Fijian Indian descent, will exhibit his corten steel toki. Traditionally, Maori shaped and toki – a punamu or cutting tool made of stone – for a number of purposes including gardening and wood carving.

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

Jon Jeet, an artist of Maniapoto and Fijian Indian descent, will exhibit his corten steel toki at the 2022 Christchurch Scape Public Art Festival.

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Jon Jeet, an artist of Maniapoto and Fijian Indian descent, will exhibit his corten steel toki at the 2022 Christchurch Scape Public Art Festival.

A low wall has been developed on the banks of the Avon by Wendalien Bakker, who lives in Auckland but lives in the Netherlands and Christchurch, using recycled bricks stored after the Canterbury earthquake.

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, an art gallery in Seoul, presents two video artworks with black text on a white background with a jazz accompaniment.

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

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

Auckland-based High Rim Lee has produced a five-minute 3D animation, which features an extensive digital dreamscape.

A sound installation and interactive multi-sensory game created by Lyttelton-based multimedia artist and wine writer Joe Berzynska will be in the Botanic Gardens. Speakers set inside a pergola in the fragrant garden amplify the sounds 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 interactive multisensory game inside a pergola in the Botanical Gardens.

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Jo Burzynska has created a sound installation and interactive multisensory game inside a pergola in the Botanical Gardens.

The festival will contribute to the revitalization of the central city and build on the legacy of creativity and innovation for which Christchurch is known, McCormick said.

Several special events are planned for the opening weekend, including free guided walking tours led by Managing Curator Jamie Hanton, who 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 on display in Hagley Park.

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