Art in the sky at SCAPE’s big bang


‘‘It's about get­ting as many peo­ple to con­nect to the city as pos­si­ble in this ex­cit­ing time of the re­build.’’

Ex­pect to be wowed by gi­ant sculp­tures, in­trigued by some com­plex themes and ex­pe­ri­ence art in the sky at a feast of pub­lic art­work in Christchurch for the next six weeks.

Prom­i­nent lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists will bring a feast of pub­lic art to Christchurch from this week­end in the SCAPE Pub­lic Art Sea­son cu­rated by man­ag­ing cu­ra­tor Heather Gal­braith.

Pop­ping up around the city, the art­works are linked via the SCAPE Pub­lic Art Walk­way and con­nected by the theme Time in Space (ter­ri­to­ries and flow).

SCAPE com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Carolyne Grant said 15 art­works had been in­stalled as part of Time in Space theme.

‘‘It’s about get­ting as many peo­ple to con­nect to the city as pos­si­ble in this ex­cit­ing time of the re­build,’’ she said.

‘‘Over the next week you will see pub­lic art­works con­nected along walk­way.’’

The show would take off this Satur­day with a ‘‘huge cel­e­bra­tion’’ at Mar­garet Mahy Play­ground, with 3000 sausages, Cookie Time cook­ies, art ac­tiv­i­ties and even a fly­ing art­work trailed by a light air­craft.

‘‘There’s a se­condary stu­dents choir and a real party at­mos­phere. It’s fun, it’s art and and it’s free,’’ Grant said.

‘‘We just want every­one to come in.’’

The show in­cludes a Hellers fam­ily event, New Zealand Se­condary Stu­dents’ Choir 11am, the Cu­ra­tor’s Tour at 2pm, and the Re-AC­TI­VATE Kids and Teen – an ex­hi­bi­tion of two as­pir­ing young artists – open­ing at 4pm.

The dra­matic Judy Miller Art Work (Call Me Snake) in­stalled and un­der de­vel­op­ment river­side, would be moved by landowner Tai­lor Space at their own ex­pense, to face the play­ground for the event.

‘‘It’s not cheap to move an art­work and Tai­lor Space have been mag­nif­i­cent,’’ Grant said.

‘‘We’re a char­ity with amaz­ing spon­sors and we’ve put on a huge show.’’

On Sun­day, the week­end sym­po­sium starts in the Christchurch Botanic Gar­dens ilex Func­tion Room with artist and cu­ra­tor dis­cus­sions from 11am-3.15pm.

The pub­lic art sea­son runs from Oc­to­ber 7 to Novem­ber 18.

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