Antony Gormley has been commissioned by the Christchurch City Council Public Art Advisory Group to create a new public artwork. Titled STAY (2015), the work comprises two identical figures, installed in two stages. The installation of the second stage is part of the SCAPE Public Art Season, running from 1 October to 12 November 2016.
The first work, sited mid-current in the Ōtākaro – Avon River was installed for ‘SCAPE 8: New Intimacies’, the eighth iteration of Christchurch’s public art biennial. The second figure is to be exhibited in the Northern Quadrangle of the city’s Arts Centre.
The artist said of the project: ‘Christchurch is a well-ordered city based on a 19th century urban plan which suddenly became chaotic through planetary forces rupturing human design. SCAPE 8 presents the ideal opportunity to ask whether art can instigate and give space for new attitudes and begin to heal and encourage reconciliation’
Scape Public Art Season
Antony Gormley ‘STAY’ (2014)
Cast iron 184 x 48 x 44 cm
Commissioned by the Christchurch City Council Public Art Advisory Group
Courtesy of the Artist
Ron Thow Photography