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

Created by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, this piece was inspired by the Danish TV police drama and investigates the invisible labour involved in television. 2022 Scape Public Art Christchurch

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Created by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, this piece was inspired by the Danish TV police drama and investigates the invisible labour involved in television. 2022 Scape Public Art Christchurch

A car suspended in the air, a 3D animation, eight ancestral portraits, a low brick wall and an interactive game feature at Christchurch’s 2022 Public Arts Festival.

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

A trail through the city covers all the new art from Armagh Street around the Avon River to Hereford Street, the Arts Centre, the Botanic Gardens and Victoria Street. Another walkway will also showcase 15 existing works of landscape art, dotted around the city.

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Eight local and international artists have contributed work to the 2022 festival, including a white car raised high on a steel structure with water pouring down its windows.

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The 2022 Scape public art season in Christchurch will feature work by eight international and local artists. From top left, Hye Rim Lee, Eddie Clemens, Wendelien Bakker, Jon Jeet. Bottom row, from left, Pacific Sisters, Jo Burzynska, Scott Flanagan and Young-Hae Chang Heavy.

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The 2022 Scape public art season in Christchurch will feature work by eight international and local artists. From top left, Hye Rim Lee, Eddie Clemens, Wendelien Bakker, Jon Jeet. Bottom row, from left, Pacific Sisters, Jo Burzynska, Scott Flanagan and Young-Hae Chang Heavy.

Created by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, this piece was inspired by the Danish TV police drama and investigates the invisible labour involved in television.

Former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, produced O swamp!​, an immersive piece that invites viewers to step inside thick vinyl curtains and see how their perspective changes.

Immersive artwork Ach Bog! Former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, will be showing at the city's arts centre.

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Immersive artwork Ach Bog! Former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, will be showing at the city’s arts centre.

Jon Jeet, an artist of Maniapoto and Fijian Indian descent, will showcase his weathering steel toki. Traditionally, Maori shaped and used toki (a cutting tool made of pounamu or stone) for a variety of purposes, including gardening and wood carving.

Work by the Pacific Sisters, first shown at the Hawaii Triennial earlier this year, includes eight full-body portraits made in collaboration with photographer Pati Tyrell. Each depicts an ancestor and addresses the “who are you?” question.

Jon Jeet, an artist of Maniapoto and Fijian Indian descent, will present his weathering steel toki at the 2022 Christchurch Scape Public Arts Festival.

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Jon Jeet, an artist of Maniapoto and Fijian Indian descent, will present his weathering steel toki at the 2022 Christchurch Scape Public Arts Festival.

Wendelien Bakker, who lives in Auckland but is from the Netherlands and Christchurch, has developed a low wall on the banks of the River Avon using recycled bricks stored after the Canterbury earthquake.

Seoul-based art group Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries exhibited two video artworks in black on white with jazz accompaniment.

Auckland-based Hye Rim Lee produced a 5-minute 3D animation.

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Auckland-based Hye Rim Lee produced a 5-minute 3D animation.

Auckland-based Hye Rim Lee created a 5-minute 3D animation featuring a massive digital dreamscape.

Sound installations and interactive multi-sensory games by Lyttelton-based multimedia artist and wine writer Jo Burzynska will be on display at the Botanic Gardens. Loudspeakers set within the Fragrant Garden Pergola will amplify the sound of the scene.

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

Jo Burzynska has created a sound installation and interactive multi-sensory play within the pergola of the Botanic Gardens.

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Jo Burzynska has created a sound installation and interactive multi-sensory play within the pergola of the Botanic Gardens.

McCormick said the campaign would contribute to the vitality of the central city and build on Christchurch’s well-known heritage of creativity and innovation.

Special events are planned for the opening weekend, including a free guided walking tour led by managing curator Jamie Hanton, who will provide background information on the artwork and artists. He will also talk about the production process and his vision for the season. Reservation required.

The winners of the Re:Activate aspiring artist competition will be launched on Saturday and will be on display in Hagley Park.

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