Ex­pect sur­prise POP art events

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ALAS­TAIR LYNN

Ready or not, a full-blown art im­mer­sion is com­ing to a sub­urb near you.

The POP tem­po­rary art project has re­turned to Auck­land’s streets for a sec­ond year to en­gage lo­cals in a world of mu­sic, theatre and art­work.

Auck­land Coun­cil arts and cul­ture ad­viser Tracey Wil­liams says the idea is to bring a bit of fun into ev­ery­day life.

‘‘We want peo­ple to look at the city in a dif­fer­ent way,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s art as an ex­pe­ri­ence . . . we’re flip­ping that tra­di­tional model of art by putting it smack bang in the mid­dle of ev­ery­day life.

‘‘It’s for peo­ple to be­come part of the art­work.’’

The project, sup­ported by the Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board, was ini­tially launched last year and driven by the idea of pre­sent­ing the city in a new way, us­ing cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion to en­gage peo­ple.

POP be­gan at Vic­to­ria Park on April 20 with a per­for­mance by mime artists White Face Crew.

With three months of acts and art­work or­gan­ised Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board chair­man Shale Cham­bers says Auck­lan­ders should be pre­pared for some sur­prises.

‘‘I can’t re­veal too much more at the mo­ment as we are hop­ing to catch peo­ple by sur­prise, but my ad­vice for Auck­lan­ders is to keep your eyes open dur­ing the next few months,’’ he says.

A range of lo­cal artists such as Lorde, Ladi6 and Tiki Taane have all been re­cruited for in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tions spread right across the city.

‘‘There will be an abun­dance of chances to par­tic­i­pate,’’ Wil­liams says.

‘‘We’ll have gi­ant ping pong ta­bles set up in place, mu­si­cal in­stru­ments that peo­ple can play on at bus stops and traf­fic lights; they’re all go­ing to be stag­gered out and criss cross­ing each other.’’

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