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.