Posts Tagged ‘arts’

I like this ‘Bird’s Eye View’ by Sarah Greig.  On Sunday it was one of a number of artworks on display beside the Arts Centre Market.  I thought this might be part of the SCAPE festival, but it doesn’t seem to be mentioned in their programme.  Sarah is a local artist who work I admire.  In 2015 I blogged about her installation beside the Avon River.

The Arts Centre Market will be open every Sunday, 10am-4pm, from now on.

‘To have such art displayed outside
gives it an audience that’s wide.’



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This Three Square Gyratory by George Rickey is displayed at the Arts Centre as part of the SCAPE Public Art 2018 Season.  I love kinetic sculpture, and this is a fine example.

The word gyratory refers to a circular or spiral motion.  When I was in the U.K. I was intrigued to find that their traffic roundabouts were called gyratories.

‘This sculpture is propelled with wind
by physics it is underpinned.’

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This rather fearsome mural is on the west wall of the Isaac Theatre royal, behind the Dance-O-Mat.  It’s signed Berst.  I think this must be Bobby ‘Berst’ Hung, who is a tutor at Unitec.  It’s colourful, but perhaps a little scary.

‘These purple monsters on the wall
could possibly make your skin crawl.’

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These poles on the corner of Worcester Street and Latimer Square intrigued me, so I went over to ask what was happening.

I found a group of Gap Filler people who are creating a living willow sculpture.  The concept had been designed by Ara students, and the finished work is expected to remain there for two years (or maybe longer if Fletchers take their usual time with building).  It’s all part of transitional plans for the East Frame.

This reminds me of a time many years ago when my brother, who was an amateur radio enthusiast, installed a tall willow pole as a mast outside his sleep-out.  This very quickly sprouted leaves and grew into a sizeable tree.  I’ll be most interested to see how the new living sculpture develops.

‘The willow tree is versatile
and can be planted sculpture style.’


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This beautiful sculpture by Neil Dawson graces the front wall of the Methodist Church National Office in Papanui.

The design is made up of dozens of doves flying upwards to reflect the shape of an unfurling flower, or a heart.  Where there are two doves together they look like angels.

It’s hard to photograph in the daytime because it’s silver on a pale wall, but I’m told that at night it is lit up and looks amazing.

“By symbolising peace, the dove
reflects the church’s way of love.”

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On the Arts Centre’s north quad there is a community of bubbles.

Conduct Cumulus by Seung Yul Oh is intended to honour the extraordinary actions and energies of Christchurch citizens, working individually and collectively through self-determined groups and communities of interest to rebuild their city post-quakes.  When one bubble meets another the resulting union is always one of total sharing and compromise.

“Each bubble wants to be a sphere
as to another they adhere.”

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The mural in Press Lane is now complete, and includes signs alluding to what was there before.

Along the lane is printed the ‘Press’ motto  Nihil utile quod non honestum.  It was impossible for me to get a photo of the whole thing because the lane is narrow.

“I like the way the lane can be
an aid to people’s memory.”

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