Scape 7 launches in Christchurch - Art Collector

Julia Morison, Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers, 2013 (artist impression). Courtesy: the artist and Scape 7 Public Art Biennial Christchurch

25 September 2013 | The seventh Christchurch public art biennial opens this week. Curated by Blair French, the Scape 7 Public Art Biennial will once again bring a range of new public art installations to the city.

Scape 7 features a public art walkway that will display 11 new temporary artwork over 20 sites. The artists who have created works for the walkway are:

  • Dan Arps (New Zealand)

  • Fiona Connor (New Zealand)

  • David Cross (New Zealand)
Phil Dadson (New Zealand)
  • Maddie Leach (New Zealand) and Jem Noble (United Kingdom)

  • Shaun Gladwell (Australia/United Kingdom)

  • Roslisham Ismail aka ISE (Malaysia)
  • Rob Hood (Christchurch)

  • Miranda Parkes (Christchurch)

  • Wayne Youle (North Canterbury)
Zina Swanson (Christchurch/Dunedin)

In addition to the temporary installations, each Scape biennial sees the commissioning of a permanent public art work. This year, Christchurch artist Julia Morison has been selected to create the permanent work. Called Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers (artist impression shown above), it consists of ten modular objects that incorporate plant forms and light.

Artist impression of Mischa Kuball's Solitary Grid. Courtesy: the artist and Scape 7 Public Art Biennial Christchurch

German born artist Mischa Kuball will also create a major work for Scape 7. Called Solitary Grid, it is based in the act of giving and on the positive symbolism of light. Over the next three years, a single street lamp from 21 cities around the globe will be gifted to Christchurch as a gesture of solidarity with the city.

Scape 7 Public Art Christchurch Biennial officially launches on 27 September and runs until 9 November 2013.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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