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Projected Fields - A Giant Painting

Projected Fields - A Giant Painting

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When:

  • Sun 19 Apr ’15, 7:00am
  • Mon 20 Apr ’15, 12:00am
  • Mon 20 Apr ’15, 12:00am
  • Mon 20 Apr ’15, 12:00am
  • Mon 20 Apr ’15, 12:00am
  • Mon 20 Apr ’15, 12:00am
  • Mon 20 Apr ’15, 12:00am
  • Mon 20 Apr ’15, 12:00am
  • Mon 20 Apr ’15, 12:00am
  • Mon 20 Apr ’15, 12:00am
  • Mon 20 Apr ’15, 12:00am
  • Mon 20 Apr ’15, 12:00am
  • Mon 20 Apr ’15, 12:00am
  • Mon 20 Apr ’15, 12:00am
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Where:

MacAlister Park, Newtown, Wellington

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Website:

Letting Space

Be part of a giant painting, stretching across the fields of one of Wellington’s great park areas. In a bold public art project, artist Siv B Fjærestad is working with public art producers Letting Space and in partnership with Wellington City Council to create an enormous artwork on the fields of Macalister and Liardet Street Parks, Berhampore: a dynamic colourful backdrop for people to play on. Now all they need is you! They’re inviting the public to contribute activities and events on the painting (as well as head along on opening day Sunday 19 April for a programme of family events and a community picnic).

This unusual painting has been inspired by field markings, and the stories and activities of the many communities who use the parks: and their dreams for its future. Over 2013 Fjærestad and volunteers surveyed the local community and park users to inform the painting’s design and how it might be activated. This is a painting for the public to both look at and play on, encouraging leadership from the community in valuing the park as a public commons. Macalister and Liardet Street Parks were selected, Fjærestad and Letting Space say, because they contain many diverse areas and different pockets of activity, and also sit between a number of suburbs and different communities.

“The painting design contains representations of statistical data and ideas for the park collected from the community, visual references to current activity and also to the landscape and its history,” says Fjærestad. “I’m also exploring the visual language of field markings and signage seen on sports and recreational grounds.”

The sports ground presents an interesting playing field for making art she says because it is governed by how various communities, clubs and individuals use it. “The park is perceived, used and interpreted differently at different times of the day and week. This work involves contributions from local communities, sporting groups and businesses, and extends what we consider both painting and public art to comprise. It asks questions about how we use our city public commons.”

Projected Fields has been funded by Wellington City Council’s Public Art Fund.

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