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

The piece, by Auckland-based artist Eddy Clemens, was inspired by a Danish TV police drama and investigates unseen work on television.  2022 Skip Public Art Christchurch

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The piece, by Auckland-based artist Eddy Clemens, was inspired by a Danish TV police drama and investigates unseen work on television. 2022 Skip Public Art Christchurch

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

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The Skip’s public art season, called Sweet Equity, begins Saturday and runs through January 29.

A route through the city has been created that includes all the new artwork around the River Avon from Armagh St to Hereford St, the Arts Centre, the Botanic Gardens and Victoria St. Another route will also showcase 15 existing landscape artworks around the city.

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Eight local and international artists have contributed pieces for the 2022 festival, including a white car suspended high in the air on a steel structure, with water constantly pouring from the windows.

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The 2022 SCOPE public art season in Christchurch will feature the work of eight international and local artists.  Top from left, Hye Rim Lee, Eddie Clemens, Wendlyn Baker, Jon Jett.  Bottom row, from left, Pacific Sisters, Jo Brzezinski, Scott Flanagan and Young Hai Chung of Heavy Industries.

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The 2022 SCOPE public art season in Christchurch will feature the work of eight international and local artists. Top from left, Hye Rim Lee, Eddie Clemens, Wendlyn Baker, Jon Jett. Bottom row, from left, Pacific Sisters, Jo Brzezinski, Scott Flanagan and Young Hai Chung of Heavy Industries.

The piece, by Auckland-based artist Eddie Clemens, was inspired by a Danish TV police drama and explores the unseen work on television.

Former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, produced it Oh bog!an immersive piece that invites viewers to walk on a vinyl screen and see how their perspective changes.

Remarkable work of art achbog!  By former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, will go on display at the city's arts centre.

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Remarkable work of art achbog! By former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, will go on display at the city’s arts centre.

Jon Jett, a Maniapoto artist and Fijian Indian, will be exhibiting his Corten steel works. Traditionally, Māori have shaped and used the tool – a cutting tool made of ponamo or stone – for a number of purposes including gardening and wood carving.

An artwork by Sisters of the Pacific, first exhibited at the Hawaii Triennial earlier this year, consists of eight full-body portraits produced in collaboration with photographer Patti Terrell. Each portrays a father and answers the question “Who are you?”.

Jon Jett, a Maniapoto artist and of Fijian Indian descent, will exhibit his Corten Steel works at the 2022 Christchurchscape Public Art Festival.

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Jon Jett, a Maniapoto artist and of Fijian Indian descent, will exhibit his Corten Steel works at the 2022 Christchurchscape Public Art Festival.

A low wall using recycled bricks after the Canterbury earthquake was created on the banks of the Avon by Wendlyn Baker, who lives in Auckland but hails from Holland and Christchurch.

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, a Seoul art collective, presents two video artworks with black text on a white background with jazz.

Hye Rim Lee, based in Auckland, produced the five-minute 3D animation.

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Hye Rim Lee, based in Auckland, produced the five-minute 3D animation.

Hye Rim Lee, based in Auckland, has produced a five-minute 3D animation, which presents an elaborate depiction of digital dreams.

A sound installation and interactive multisensory game, created by Littleton-based multimedia artist and wine writer Joe Brzezinski, will be at the Botanic Gardens. Speakers set inside the pergola in the fragrance garden will amplify the sounds on site.

SCOPE Executive Director Deborah McCormick said the organization is proud to bring more public art to Utah.

Joe Brzezinski has created a sound installation and interactive multi-sensory game inside the pergola at the Botanic Gardens.

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Joe Brzezinski has created a sound installation and interactive multi-sensory game inside the pergola at the Botanic Gardens.

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

A number of special events are planned for the opening weekend including free guided walking tours led by curator Jamie Hunton, who will provide background on the artworks and artists. He will also talk about the production process and his vision for the season. Booking is essential.

The artwork of the winners of the Re:Activate Aspiring Artists competition will be launched on Saturday and will be exhibited in Higley Park.

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