I had the rather surreal experience this morning of gliding through the streets of central Wellington on a bus at 6:30am-ish. The city looked so different through a bus window and at the time of morning when it was still just dark and only waking up. The view was almost like looking underwater (like Aniwaniwa?) but I’ll put that down to sleep deprivation…
What I did see, apart from sleepy commuters was the new installations in Courtney Place Park. Initially, in the dim morning light they looked more like advertising signs, or bus maps. Even at this early hour a few people were looking at them though. From Simon Bush-King, the designer, on comments at eyeofthefish “The 8 light boxes will have the first work installed for the opening this Friday. The first exhibition [Flânerie and Figments] features 8 Wellington based photographers, Andy Palmer, Amelia Handscomb, Shaun Lawson, John Lake, Victoria Birkenshaw, Clare Noonan, Jess Silk and Steve Rowe. The first exhibition should last 6 months with the Public Art Panel taking over the on going running of exhibitions in the space.” I would have liked to walk amongst them but not this time, although a great time of day.
<= The Red Scorpion (2007) Kate Birkenshaw
I also noticed yet again that the city is riddled with public art, it is everywhere! I read somewhere a while back “why do councils feel the need to put up a sculpture when a tree would do just fine?” (or something along those lines). When I voiced this to someoneiknow who works in local government, I was advised that trees require more maintenance… so maybe that’s it? He also said there appeared to be some kudos involved in ‘supporting the arts’.
I am woefully ignorant of graffitti terms but I also saw some pretty amazing writing on the backs of commercial buildings between Keneperu and Porirua Stations (from the train). Really high level stuff. I guess this what I meant when I was wondering where the more edgey ‘street’ stuff was in the students artwork. Like I said ‘disaffected youth’ possibly don’t do NCEA art. Tried to find some images but maybe another time I’ll take a camera.