Expect surprise POP art events
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.’’