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 Skip 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 Skip Public Art Christchurch

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

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The scape public art season, titled Sweet Equity, begins Saturday and runs through January 29.

A trail has been created through the city center from Armagh St. around the River Avon to Hereford St., the Arts Centre, the Botanic Gardens and Victoria St. all featuring new artworks. Another route will also feature 15 existing landscape artworks carved around the city.

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

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The 2022 SCOPE Public Art Season in Christchurch will feature works from eight international and local artists.  Top left, Hyrum Lee, Eddie Clemens, Wendlyn Booker, Jon Jeet.  Bottom row from left, Pacific Sisters, Joe Brzezinski, Scott Flanagan and Ying-Hai Chang Heavy Industries.

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The 2022 SCOPE Public Art Season in Christchurch will feature works from eight international and local artists. Top left, Hyrum Lee, Eddie Clemens, Wendlyn Booker, Jon Jeet. Bottom row from left, Pacific Sisters, Joe Brzezinski, Scott Flanagan and Ying-Hai Chang Heavy Industries.

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

Created by former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers Oh bog!A surprising piece that invites the audience to walk through a thick vinyl curtain and see how their view changes.

Amazing artwork achbog!  By former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, will feature at the city's arts centre.

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Amazing artwork achbog! By former Christchurch artist Scott Flanagan, who now lives in Port Chalmers, will feature at the city’s arts centre.

John Jeet, an artist of Manipoto and Fijian Indian descent, will exhibit his Carton Steel Toki. Traditionally, Māori use the shape and toki – a cutting tool made from ponamu or stone – for many 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 created in collaboration with photographer Patty Tyrrell. Each represents an ancestor and addresses the question “Who are you?”.

Jon Jeet, an artist of Maniapoto and Fijian Indian descent, will be exhibiting his Carton Steel Toki at the 2022 Christchurchscape Public Art Festival.

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Jon Jeet, an artist of Maniapoto and Fijian Indian descent, will be exhibiting his Carton Steel Toki at the 2022 Christchurchscape Public Art Festival.

A low wall has been built on the banks of the Avon using recycled bricks stored after the Canterbury earthquakes by Wendlin Baker, who lives in Auckland but hails from Holland and Christchurch.

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

Auckland-based Hye Rim Lee has created a five-minute 3D animation.

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Auckland-based Hye Rim Lee has created a five-minute 3D animation.

Auckland-based Hye Rim Lee has created a five-minute 3D animation depicting an expansive digital dreamscape.

A sound installation and interactive multi-sensory game, created by Lyttelton-based multimedia artist and wine writer Joe Brzezinski, will take place in the Botanic Gardens. Speakers set inside a pergola in the fragrant garden will amplify the sounds on site.

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

Jo Brzezinski has created a sound installation and interactive multi-sensory game inside a pergola in the Botanic Garden.

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Jo Brzezinski has created a sound installation and interactive multi-sensory game inside a pergola in the Botanic Garden.

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

Several special events are planned for opening weekend including free guided walking tours led by curator Jamie Hinton, who will provide background on the artwork and artists. He will also talk about the production process and his vision for the season. Booking is required.

Artwork from the winners of the Re:Activate aspiring artists competition will be launched on Saturday and displayed in Higley Park.

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