I love the biennial public art festival SCAPE. You can read about what’s coming, but there is nothing like seeing the art in situ. I disagree with Christopher Moore’s column in The Press. Our central city is the ultimate canvas – art within it gives us a sense of possibility, of imagination, of beauty. We need that.
Stay by Antony Gormley is the legacy public artwork, joining such Christchurch landmarks as:
Treehouses for Swamp Dwellers by Julia Morison (2014)
Kaleidoscopic Nights by Rachael Dewhirst (2013)
Passing time by Anton Parsons (2010/2011)
Flour power by Regan Gentry (2008)
Nucleus by Phil Price (2006)
There has been a flurry of media coverage. Try these to get a good sense of what’s on its way:
- Antony Gormley’s sculpture for Christchurch city centre revealed, Charlie Gates, The Press
- Kiwi artist Judy Millar brings explosion of colour to central Christchurch, Charlie Gates, The Press
- Back to the future with historic photograph, Charlie Gates, The Press
- New Christchurch sculpture turns roadwork signs into art, Charlie Gates, The Press
- New Christchurch street sculptures pay tribute to quiet heroes, Charlie Gates, The Press
SCAPE Public Art installs free-to-view public art in Christchurch. SCAPE have gifted 9 permanent artworks and commissioned more than 160 temporary works.