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

The play, by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, is inspired by a Danish television crime drama and investigates the invisible work involved in television.  2022 Scape public art Christchurch

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The play, by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, is inspired by a Danish television crime drama and investigates the invisible work involved in television. 2022 Scape public art Christchurch

A suspended car, 3D animation, eight ancestor portraits, a brick wall and an interactive game are all on the program for the 2022 Christchurch Public Arts Festival.

The Scape public art seasontitled Sweat Equity, kicks off on Saturday and runs through January 29.

A pathway has been created through the town encompassing 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 showcase 15 works of art. existing Scape art scattered around the city.

Eight local and international artists have contributed pieces for the 2022 festival, including a white car raised in the air on a steel structure, with water streaming continuously from its windows.

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The 2022 Scape public art season in Christchurch will feature works by eight international and local artists.  Top left to right, 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 works by eight international and local artists. Top left to right, 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 play, by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, is inspired by a Danish television crime drama and investigates the invisible work involved in television.

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

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

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

Jon Jeet, an artist of Maniapoto and Fijian Indian origin, will present his corten steel toki. Traditionally, Maori people shaped and used the toki – a cutting tool made from pounamu or stone – for a variety of purposes including gardening and woodcarving.

A work by Pacific Sisters, first exhibited at the Hawaii Triennial earlier this year, includes eight full-body portraits made in collaboration with photographer Pati Tyrell. Each represents an ancestor and answers the question “Who are you?”.

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

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Jon Jeet, an artist of Maniapoto Indian and Fijian descent, will showcase 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 has been developed on the banks of the Avon by Wendelien Bakker, who lives in Auckland but is originally from the Netherlands and Christchurch.

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, an artist collective from Seoul, presents two pieces of video art featuring black text on a white background with 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, showcasing a sprawling digital dreamscape.

A sound installation and an interactive multisensory game, created by Jo Burzynska, multimedia artist and wine writer based in Lyttelton, will be at the Botanical Garden. Loudspeakers installed in a pergola of the scented garden will amplify the sounds present on the site.

scape Executive Director Deborah McCormick said the organization is proud to bring more public art to Ōtautahi.

Jo Burzynska created a sound installation and an interactive multisensory game in a pergola of the Botanical Garden.

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Jo Burzynska created a sound installation and an interactive multisensory game in a pergola of the Botanical Garden.

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

A number of special events are planned for opening weekend, including free walking tours led by Chief Curator Jamie Hanton, who will provide information about the artworks and artists. He will also talk about the production process and his vision for the season. Reservations are required.

The artwork of the winners of the Re:Activate budding artist competition will be launched on Saturday and will be displayed in Hagley Park.

Christopher S. Washington