5 November 2022 – 29 January 2023
Venue: Various locations, Central Ōtautahi Christchurch
Explore Ōtautahi’s central city through public art this summer, with eight exciting new temporary artworks enhancing Christchurch’s public spaces for the duration of SCAPE Public Art Season 2022. The season artists have created a range of inspiring, thought-provoking and playful works, from 3D animation to cinematic spectacle to interactive installations. The line up features renowned artists from around Aotearoa and the world, including Hye Rim Lee, Wendelien Bakker, Scott Flanagan, Jon Jeet, Pacific Sisters, Eddie Clemens, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries and Dr Jo Burzynska.
Explore public art on SCAPE’s two walkways: one leading around each of the eight new installations and the other exploring the 14 legacy artworks that have a permanent home in the central city. Pick up a free pocket guide, download the free app, or visit the SCAPE website to choose your route and spend time enjoying the delights of free-to-view public art.
Be sure to pop by the Re:ACTIVATE Aspiring Artists exhibition in Hagley Park near the Armagh Street bridge, where two sculptures and two murals by young artists are on display.
Check the SCAPE Public Art website or Facebook page for details on all the events happening throughout the season.
Sweat Equity at The Art Centre
He Toki Maitai 2022
Jon Jeet draws on his combined Ngāti Maniapoto and Fijian Indian whakapapa in the creation of this new monumental corten steel toki form, which reflects his practice as an experienced and recognised pounamu carver and his family’s journey to Aotearoa New Zealand as indentured labourers. Traditionally, Māori shaped and used toki for a number of purposes, from gardening to rakau whakairo (wood carving); today, the toki form is a symbol of strength and practicality, a bodily adornment that holds intrinsic value. With He Toki Maitai, Jeet pays homage to a humble yet crucial tool.
Ach Bog! 2022
Made from thick polyurethane vinyl, a material more commonly used in industrial settings to separate refrigerated areas from other spaces, Ach Bog! is a completely immersive installation that encourages viewer participation and alters the perception of visual cues received from the environment for those who enter. Alluding to this shift in hue, the work’s title, Ach Bog! is an Irish-Gaelic translation of “But soft!”, the first two words of Romeo Montague’s speech in act 2 scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet that continues “...what light through yonder window breaks?”
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries
THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES Public Art Fund Version 2011; and CHANGE YOUR CAREER! for SCAPE Version 2022
THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES and CHANGE YOUR CAREER! utilise the minimalist black text on white background with jazz accompaniment that has become the trademark form of YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES over the last twenty years. Both works poetically explore the possibility of personal agency and fulfilment in a world where systemic forces, particularly late-stage capitalism, seem to stifle and stunt interpersonal connection and the pursuit of love. Both works adopt the imperative language of advertising to blend in and offer an acerbic alternative.
Hye Rim Lee Pink Water, White Rose series, 2022. Image courtesy of the artist and SCAPE Public Art.
Scott Flanagan Ach Bog! 2022. Render image courtesy of the artist and SCAPE Public Art.
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES Public Art Fund Version 2011. Image courtesy of the artists.