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Art & Industry Extend Scape 2008

Media Release – 31 October 2008

Art & Industry Extend Scape 2008

If you haven’t already visited the artworks in the 5th SCAPE Christchurch Biennial – now you have even more time to do so! SCAPE 2008 has been extended until Sunday 9 November 2008.

Visitors to the exhibition have described it as “the complete package – inside & out!” “Mind blowing and a privilege to experience. Looking forward to the next one."

Since opening in early October Endeavour, by Japanese artist Tatzu Oozu has seen thousands of visitors clambering up its exterior staircase to see exactly where Captain James Cook has gone. Do you know where he is?

Another crowd pleaser is Darwin, or the “giant purple sperm” which Canterbury fine art student Stephanie Owens describes as “the plaything of the people”. Of all goings on in Cathedral Square it’s certainly one which has brought “new life” to this urban expanse of stone and mortar – precisely what was intended by Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout.

Comments in the newspaper have described SCAPE as the only local event of its kind in the country also enjoying positive international recognition. “All thanks should go to the benefactors, fundraisers, and the people prepared to broaden our horizons and give us the opportunity to express and share these opinions.” (Selene Manning The Press 24 Sep 2008) The theme for SCAPE 2008 is Wandering Lines: Towards a New Culture of Space. Wander Christchurch and you can see art in unexpected places in shop fronts - phone booths, urban walls and even the Avon River. Some of these artworks are hard to miss, dramatically occupying high-profile locations, others create a place for reflection.

The 5th SCAPE Christchurch Biennial is co-presented by the Art & Industry Biennial Trust and the Christchurch Art Gallery. SCAPE at the Gallery runs until 30 November and is an ideal place to begin your tour of the exhibition – or to enjoy the wealth of reading material on public art in the Biennial’s info centre.

Not all the works in SCAPE can stay the extra week. Prior bookings mean three will close this Sunday, being A HISTORY OF THE BRAND: 1962–2008, Off_Sight and See change.


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