Echo from past to rise again

The Press - - News - CHAR­LIE GATES

The Christchurch Arts Cen­tre has launched a $30,000 fundrais­ing cam­paign to bring back the first pub­lic sculp­ture by lo­cal artist Neil Daw­son.

The Echo was first sus­pended above the north quad of the Arts Cen­tre in 1981 for about nine months. It was re­turned in 1990 and re­mained there un­til the 2011 Can­ter­bury earth­quakes dam­aged the build­ings to which it was at­tached. The work was slightly dam­aged and was stored safely in Daw­son’s stu­dio.

The Arts Cen­tre has launched a cam­paign on crowd-fund­ing site Boosted to re­make the sculp­ture and in­stall it once again above the north quad. The work, which de­picts a small struc­ture in two di­men­sions, was a fa­mil­iar sight in the Arts Cen­tre be­fore the 2011 earth­quakes.

The cam­paign, which had raised about $1300 by Fri­day af­ter­noon, will close on Au­gust 20. It is the first time the Arts Cen­tre has turned to crowd fund­ing to raise money.

Fundrais­ing man­ager Su­san Hen­son said peo­ple of­ten ask about the sculp­ture.

‘‘Peo­ple ask where it is and re­mem­ber that lit­tle house in the sky,’’ she said. ‘‘It is one of those art­works that peo­ple want to bring back.’’

The fundrais­ing cam­paign is run­ning in tan­dem with an ex­hi­bi­tion of Daw­son’s work at The Cen­tral, a gallery that opened in the Arts Cen­tre in March.

Daw­son will re­make the art­work in car­bon fi­bre from the orig­i­nal plans. The sculp­ture was in­spired by his time as a care­taker at the Arts Cen­tre in the late 1970s, he saidin March.

‘‘The piece came about one night when I was do­ing my rounds at about mid­night. I heard this strange echo. I went to the north quad and there was a woman sit­ting cross-legged on the lawn play­ing the flute. It was magic. I re­mem­ber think­ing it would be nice to cre­ate a sculp­ture that cap­tures the ar­chi­tec­ture of the Arts Cen­tre in a very sim­ple way.’’

Daw­son has since de­signed some of the best-known pub­lic art sculp­tures in Christchurch. He de­signed the Chal­ice in Cathe­dral Square, Spires in La­timer Square and Fan­fare on the mo­tor­way north of the city.

Neil Daw­son’s Echo sculp­ture was first in­stalled at the Christchurch Arts Cen­tre in 1981.

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