I am away until August and well miss you all!
Catching up on the City's progress, June 30, 2012 Christchurch NZ.
The artist has reconfigured the installation especially for Christchurch. Here the spectacular carved Steinway piano, He Kōrero Pūrākau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: Story of a New Zealand river will be upstairs in the Gallery’s offsite space above NG boutique and The National at 212 Madras Street. On the now vacant lot over the road two bronze grand pianos, each supporting a life-sized bronze bull, take their place against a drastically altered landscape.
While all the works in On first looking into Chapman’s Homer are sculptural, Parekowhai describes performance as central to his installation:
“The objects are the setting, but performance is central to this work. Much of its real meaning comes through music, which fills space like no object can.”
The piano will be regularly played throughout the its showing in Christchurch as it was in Venice. Four of the pianists who performed in Venice will play it again here during weekend opening hours with other slots filled by others, including music students from the University of Canterbury and CPIT.