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 explores the invisible labor 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 explores the invisible labor involved in television. 2022 Scape public art Christchurch

A car suspended high in the sky, a 3D animation, eight ancestral portraits, a low brick wall and an interactive game are all in Christchurch’s 2022 public arts festival.

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The Scape public art season, titled Sweat Equity, kicks off on Saturday and runs until January 29.

A route has been created across the city that includes all the new artwork from Armagh St around the River Avon to Hereford St, the Arts Centre, Botanic Gardens and Victoria St. Another walkway will also feature 15 existing Scape artworks in 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 pouring continuously from its windows.

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

Former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, produced Oh god!​, an immersive piece that invites audiences to step into a thick vinyl curtain and watch their view change.

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 from Maniapoto and Fijian Indian descent, will be exhibiting his corten steel toki. Traditionally, Māori shaped and used toki – a cutting tool made from pounamu or 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 portrays an ancestor and speaks the question “Who are you?” on.

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

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

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 produced a five-minute 3D animation, featuring a vast digital dreamscape.

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

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

Jo Burzynska has created a sound installation and interactive multisensory game set inside a gazebo at the Botanical Gardens.

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Jo Burzynska has created a sound installation and interactive multisensory game set inside a gazebo at the Botanical Gardens.

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

A number of special events are planned for opening weekend, including free guided walking tours 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 on display at Hagley Park.

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